ASUU breakaway faction, CONUA, urges vice-chancellors to reopen universities

The breakaway faction of the placing Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) – Congress of Nigerian College Teachers (CONUA) has referred to as on college vice-chancellors to reopen the campuses for its members to resume work.

CONUA has persistently stated its members will not be on strike, insisting that paralysing tutorial actions on campuses can’t be one of the best resolution to the multidimensional challenges going through the universities.

In a press release signed by its Nationwide Coordinator, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, CONUA stated the decision grew to become crucial in response to the order of the Nationwide Industrial Court docket (NIS) directing ASUU to droop its seven-month-old strike.

The decide, Polycarp Hamman, gave the order on Wednesday, in a ruling on the federal authorities’s software for an interlocutory injunction towards the continuing strike.

The federal government’s counsel, James Igwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had filed the applying searching for the courtroom’s order restraining ASUU from persevering with with the strike pending the dedication of the go well with initiated via a referral by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

Mr Hamman, in granting the order on Wednesday, dismissed ASUU’s objection to the applying.

However ASUU stated it’s ready to enchantment the courtroom order, urging its members to stay calm.

CONUA’s place

In accordance to CONUA, it grew to become crucial as a result of “the courtroom is likely one of the recognised instruments of democratic engagement within the nation.”

Mr Sunmonu additionally urged its members to be ready to return to school rooms “whereas the agitation for reform within the nation’s college system continues.”

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The assertion stated: “Since CONUA members haven’t been on strike, re-opening the universities will make it attainable to duly proceed work, stem the restlessness among the many college students who’ve had their research interrupted and facilitate the restoration of peace to the nation.”

It stated it might make use of different choices akin to laws, lobbying and authorized interventions to make sure the revitalisation of the college system within the nation.


CONUA, headquartered in OAU, was shaped on the campus in 2018 following a management disaster throughout the college’s chapter of ASUU.

The disaster erupted in 2016 in the course of the choice strategy of a brand new vice-chancellor of the college.

The then management of ASUU on the campus was accused of bias in its “blind assist” for a selected candidate amongst a lot of its members within the race.

The disaster had additionally consumed the then outgoing vice-chancellor of the college, Bamitale Omole, who was then chased out of the establishment by protesting non-academic employees unions.

An performing vice-chancellor was appointed who steered the ship of the college for one yr till the appointment of Eyitope Ogunbodede in a substantive capability. Mr Ogunbodede’s five-year tenure led to June. Adebayo Bamire, a professor of agriculture, has since taken over.

In the meantime, since 2018 when it was shaped, CONUA stated it now has branches throughout virtually 17 universities throughout the nation, and that it’s awaiting its official registration by the Nigerian authorities.

Qosim Suleiman is a reporter at Premium Occasions in partnership with Report for the World, which matches native newsrooms with gifted rising journalists to report on under-covered points across the globe.

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