The Nigerian Education System is improving day by day but there are still some loopholes that need to be taken care of which I think will be hard that is why our education system is not good compared to other countries in the world. It has been a few years since students had to deal with long-term strikes in Nigeria; and just at the moment delegation of splitting new leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Based on the going ASSU New Division crisis arising since past few days,.The Ministry of Labour and Employment has confirmed receipt of an application for the registration of a new university union, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), to be formed out of the Academic Staff Union of President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said that there have been attempts in the past to use some individuals to cause problems in ASUU but such attempts had never succeeded.
On his part, the General Secretary of NLC, Comrade Emma Ugbaja said although people were entitled to form a union, the trade union laws specified steps to follow, adding that there was no information available to the NLC that there was another ASUU group in the country.
Speaking to one of the News Spokesmen on the telephone, the NLC President who is in Geneva for Labour matter said, “Such situation (splinter group in ASUU) does not exist. I am aware that efforts have been made to undermine ASUU which has not succeeded.
” ASUU has no splinter group. If there is, let them disclose their names and also which universities they belong to. That (new group) is not something that is known to us.
“Even in the past during the military era, a lot of efforts including prescription were made but that has not succeeded because this is a union of intellectuals and that is an effort that had been put in place but it had never succeeded.
“ASUU remains one entity and they have continued to work together. No splinter group exists. These are just possibly individuals coming together to achieve a purpose. Many people claim what they are not.
“In this case, ASUU has been there for more than 40 years. It has undergone different challenges and different attacks and it has been able to remain together. There is no splinter group.”
Also commenting on the alleged formation, the General Secretary of NLC, Comrade Ugbaja said,” To the best of my knowledge, we are not aware and we have not got any information from our affiliates.
“People are entitled to form a union but the trade union law is clear on the formation of unions. This is a country built on law and running on rule of law process.
“Trade Union is not established by people that are angry with their leadership. If you are angry with the leadership of Nigeria, you don’t form another Nigeria, you go and contest the election.”
As at the time of filing this report, ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi had not responded to calls placed to his phones.
NAN recalls that Mr Ismaheel while addressing journalists at the end of its first National Stakeholders’ Forum at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU Ile-Ife, said the union was formed with the goal to formulate a new approach of engagement in addressing the welfare of its members.
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