ASUU splits, parrallel body, CONUA emerges

Reports emerging online indicates there has been a split in Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

A new group, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), has reportedly been formed by some university lecturers who broke away from ASUU.

Dr Niyi Ismaheel, the National Coordinator of the new group, told newsmen that the lecturers decided to form the new union in order to redefine academic staff unionism in Nigeria. And also to restore peace and stability in the nation’s universities.

The university don spoke at the new group’s first national stakeholder forum held at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife .

According to him, the new union would form a new approach of engaging both management and government in addressing welfare of its members and to put to an end “the unnecessary wasting of student’s academic time as a result of frequent strike action.”

He added further that the new union already has members in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Federal University, Lokoja and Kwara state university, Molete.

“The union is putting necessary documentation in place for official recognition by the university management and the government,” he claimed.

Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, confirmed that the new union has applied to be registered by the ministry.

He said that their application has been received since April this year.

The Minister said that a committee has been set up to look at the application.

“They have not been registered yet. Their application is in the ministry. They submitted it even before I left. They submitted the application in April. It has not been treated.

“We are still looking at their application. I asked a committee to look at it. When we look at the committee report we will know,” the minister said.

The Nation reports, ASUU President, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi did not respond to a text message sent to him.

He neither picked nor returned calls placed to his mobile numbers as at the time of filing this report.

Source: The Nation

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