I have seen a letter dated May 2, 2019 written by the Chairman of the Unilag branch of ASUU, Dr. Dele Ashiru to the Minister of Education. The University of Lagos (UNILAG… The Alumni Intervention Committee is determined to get the matter resolved amicably but that process can be muddied by parties that choose to take partisan positions. Were all the professors of law in that university on vacation abroad, that they could not tell the misguided unionists that freedom of movement in Nigeria is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution. Once you got in you knew from your entry date when your exit date would be, when your parents would feel proud that you now had a few important letters behind your name as a happy inductee into the privileged club of the educated elite. In the early 70s when I was there students from other institutions, used to deride us with the expression “Eko for show” meaning that we were probably famous for showiness and flamboyance eventhough we were not wanting in the academic arena. December 24, 2020. The management of University of Lagos (UNILAG) has reacted to the threat to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Wale Babalakin by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). To be sure, UNILAG is a public space that belongs to all Nigerians and no one, not even the Visitor President Muhammadu Buhari, can declare anyone persona non grata. ASUU’s leadership should have learnt a lesson from what happened a few months ago to the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr. David Umahi who was whipped hard with the koboko of public opinion when he declared two journalists persona non grata. Eventhough the official designation was Administrator the job content was that of a Vice Chancellor. When the Council attempted to hold a meeting a few weeks ago, ASUU also fixed its congress for the foyer of the Council Chambers and the Council called off it’s meeting due to that. I am aware that the Alumni Intervention Committee has appealed to ASUU and NASU, the two trade unions in the university, to maintain neutrality in the matter and avoid a situation that is capable of worsening the crisis. Our universities have lost a substantial part of their academic freedom largely because they are not ready to defend it. They held a Congress meeting and actually declared again that Babalakin must not step into UNILAG, he will not be welcome. They even told one of the universities, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria which seemed to have a surfeit of socialist intellectuals not to teach socialism. During our many years of military rule, some of the military dictators had actually put road blocks on the path to the attainment of a large measure of academic freedom. Is it ASUU’s desire to inject chaos into a crisis that is already threatening to dent the reputation of that eminent institution? Why should there be a limit to what can be taught in any university? Obviously, ASUU, University of Lagos Chapter has shown clearly that it is a group that does not adhere to the Constitution of Nigeria or the Trade Union law which it is a part of." UNILAG is a public place, not ASUU’s private parlour from which it can arrogantly issue dictatorial directives. We agreed to have a secret ballot as they have always had when there are contentious issues. The unions involved in the meeting are the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU, the Thursday 13 August 2020 / 10:46 pm Home “Under the guidelines of the University of Lagos, voting is either in secret or open. Salami, Dr. Olajide Abbas, Mr. Adebowale Thompson and Senator Dipo Odujirin, among others. I Don’t Believe Nigerian Government Will Implement Agreement, ASUU’s Unilag Chairman Says. Academic freedom is the path of liberation for students and faculty. The emergency Congress of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the University of Lagos, UNILAG Branch and the meeting of the Governing Council of the institution earlier scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, averting a possible clash between the two groups. As a responsible Council, we will not engage ASUU, University of Lagos branch on issues that are beyond its duties, powers and responsibilities under the laws of Nigeria. Their manner of presenting whatever are their grievances may not be their worst sin. And then they repeated it recently. The union’s Chairman, Dr Dele Ashiru, who gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday said the reinstatement of the vice-chancellor is a huge relief, NAN reports. “We indeed, thank the visitor for standing on the path of truth, due process and autonomy of the Nigerian university system. The crisis rocking the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has taken another dimension as the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has threatened to bar the chairman of the governing council, Wale Babalakin, from gaining entrance into the campus. In the same manner, the ASUU leadership in Unilag that seeks to take away the freedom of the Pro-Chancellor seems unable to understand that what goes around comes around. He told me that a committee of the Alumni Association was sinking its teeth into the matter and he would like me to join the committee, a suggestion I readily accepted. The Alumni Intervention Committee has several past presidents of the Alumni Association such as Dr. Sonny Kuku, Dr. Michael Olawale Cole, Dr. M.Y. UNIlAG: VC hire, fire not your sole right - ASUU blasts Babalakin Ogundipe is UNILAG VC - Senate, ASUU, others want Babalakin-led council sacked Related Topics: ASUU Ogundipe UNILAG UNILAG: ASUU, Governing Council Clash Averted, Meetings Postponed . In the unlikely event that the union is able to illegally stop Dr. Babalakin from setting foot on the UNILAG campus how will that solve the problem? He quickly backtracked and apologised to the two men for his primitive behaviour. That letter, toxic, dripping with violence is the equivalent of a loaded gun that is ready to do what loaded guns do. However, the list is to serve as enlightenment to Nigerian students on alternative Universities to attend. 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