ASUU might go on strike again

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The chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos (unilag) chapter, Dr Adelaja Odukoya, has announced that the union would embark on an industrial action if the institution’s management fails to implement the agreements reached with the union. Tribune reports.

He said a rally had been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, to enable the general public understand nature of their plight.

“Basically, the rally is to sensitize our members about the problems we face here. Since May, we have been engaging the management over some welfare issues, particularly the promotion of staff.

“If things continue this way, we will be compelled to embark on a local strike. But we don’t want to do that and that is why we are bringing this to everybody’s attention, so they can understand what is going on in the institution.”

The chairman revealed that associate professors and professors, whose promotion were based on papers submitted two to four years before had their appointments backdated without their arrears paid.

He further disclosed that the committee, which once reviewed this practice and resolved to correct it was headed by Professor Rahamon Bello, before his appointment as vice chancellor.

“It is sad that he has refused to implement this when in fact he was the chairman of the committee which reviewed it,” Dr Odukoya stated.

He said the University of Lagos had adopted the principles of “No Ph.D, no promotion” and “No vacancy, no promotion,” both of which he described as ‘oppressive and discriminatory.’

“Ideally, a lecturer should be promoted up to the rank of Lecturer I without Ph.D, but here, there is no promotion at all. Some lecturers have remained Assistant Lecturers for eight years, simply because they do not have Ph.D,” Dr Odukoya said.

He said it was also their demand that heads of departments be chosen through elections rather than appointment by the vice chancellor, saying that was the only way they can be held accountable.

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