ASUU and OAU leadership disagree on strike | The Guardian Nigeria News
The crisis at Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), Ile-Ife over the payment of Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) is not yet appeased as members of the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) and the management of the institution disagreed on the strike called by ASUU.
While ASUU National President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke insisted that members were on an indefinite and outright strike due to management’s failure to adhere to the established pattern for EAA disbursement, the The university has urged parents and members of the public to ignore any strike notice, saying academic activities are ongoing at the facility. Osodeke had blamed the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, for the strike launched by the OAU branch of the union.
He said the declared industrial action over an unpaid EAA was caused by the Vice Chancellor and not by the Federal Government.
The ASUU chief said only speakers who have done excess work qualify for EAA and are paid based on the amount of work done.
He said: “The model is what other universities, over 40 of them, have used based on the amount of money released by the federal government since last December.
He criticized the VC’s decision to involve a parallel union within the university, known as the Congress of Nigerian Academics (CONUA), which comes up with a new model to calculate the allowance each lecturer should receive.
Osodeke said, “CONUA was not just an illegal union, the money was given to OAU in the name of ASUU and not CONUA, therefore the body cannot dictate how it must be shared.
But university authorities, in their reaction, said academic activities were continuing at the institution. The university spokesperson, Mr Biodun Olanrewaju in an interview with The Guardian said that there are two university unions in the institution, ASUU and CONUA, and it was only ASUU who called its members on strike.
However, he said there was an all-academic staff meeting on Tuesday where it was agreed management should set up a committee to look into the contentious issue.
He said: “Only a small fraction of ASUU member teachers are talking about a strike, while the majority of teachers are at work and are not planning any strikes. A greater percentage of faculty at the university are at their workstations and other activities are proceeding as planned on campus.
Olanrewaju urged parents and guardians to ignore students urged to ignore the all wards circular declaring industrial action at the university.
In a statement made available to The Guardian, Olanrewaju said the overwhelming majority of OAU academic staff were not on strike nor did they intend to go on strike.
The statement said in part: “University management uses this medium to inform the general public, in particular our students, their parents or guardians, that courses are in progress and that students are being monitored by professors in their departments. respective.
“With this in mind, parents, guardians, alumni and friends of the university are assured of an uninterrupted academic calendar, as our students are advised to continue with their normal academic activities as there is no cause for concern or alarm.”