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Strike Looms As ASUU Rejects FG’s Creation of Governing Councils, Says “Demand Not Met”

The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has reacted to the FG’s decision to appoint new Governing Councils for universities across Nigeria.

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has voiced his reaction following the Federal Government’s decision to appoint new governing councils for universities across Nigeria. This move comes despite ASUU’s ultimatum to reinstate previously dissolved councils.

President Bola Tinubu recently approved the appointment of 555 individuals to serve as Pro-Chancellors/Chairmen and members of the Governing Boards for 111 Federal Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education. The announcement, made through an advertorial signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Didi Esther Walson-Jack, detailed that each institution will have a chairperson and four members.

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The advertorial also noted that an inaugural retreat for the new Chairmen and Members of the Governing Councils will be held on Thursday, May 30th, and Friday, May 31st, 2024.

Prominent figures appointed to these councils include former INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega, Senior Advocates of Nigeria Wole Olanipekun and Yusuf Alli, former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission Peter Okebukola, and labor activist Issa Aremu.

In an interview with PUNCH, ASUU President Prof. Osodeke criticized the Federal Government’s decision, emphasizing that the union had demanded the reinstatement of the “illegally” dissolved governing councils rather than the creation of new ones. He further stressed that the union’s demands extend beyond just the reinstatement of these councils and include other key issues that the government has yet to address.

“It is not just about the governing council alone; it is just one of them,” Osodeke stated. “Secondly, we said they should reinstate the illegally dissolved governing council. We didn’t say they should constitute a new one. As far as we are concerned, they have not met any.”

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