Congress of University Academics (CONUA) in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, chapter has criticized the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, for attacking the university’s outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, who he referred to as a member of an unregistered union.
In a statement released by national Cordinator, Dr Niyi Summonu, states that the ASUU president made wrong claims that CONUA assisted Ogunbodede to emerge as VC in 2017, but clarified that CONUA was formed in OAU in 2018.
It reads “Prof. Osodeke’s vituperations on Prof. Ogunbodede being a member of CONUA is uncalled for and it is laughable. As a professor and supposed activist, he should know that the formation of an association is a prerequisite for its registration and not vice versa.
“Saying that Prof Ogunbodede claims to be a member of an association which is yet to be registered is a personification of ignorance on the part of Prof. Osodeke as far as labour law is concerned in Nigeria. For his information, there are associations in Nigeria that have filed in their registration documents but are fully recognised by the government. CONUA is one of these associations.
“Lastly, since the emergence of CONUA, Prof Osodeke has never been comfortable because he could see freedom coming the ways of academics in Nigerian universities.
“He is afraid of CONUA’s bold steps in confronting the evil effects of strikes in our universities; hence, he is bent on attacking CONUA at every opportunity.”
CONUA urged ASUU president Osodeke to always mind his business and stop meddling into the affairs of another group.