The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has blasted the virtual matriculation organized by the Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Professor Labode Popoola.
ASUU recently came out to say that the graduation is an alleged scam that was done to undermine ASUU and get financial favour from the federal government.
According to the union, its strike is still on and FG should commit funds to infrastructure, including Information Communication Technology, which is key for online learning amid the pandemic.
Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Professor Ade Adejumo added that anyone who is working against the union’s patriotic struggle to improve funding of public universities is an enemy of the people.
His words, ”In the UNIOSUN Vice-Chancellor’s heart of heart, can he honestly beat his chest that all the students of that University have the wherewithal to key into his e-learning platform. Moreso, given the fact that the majority of the students are from very humble backgrounds, is this policy, not a ploy to shut out such students from accessing the teaching and learning interaction?”
”Mr. Vice-Chancellor should come out clearly to tell the nation what his real motives are? We suspect the motivation here is financial rather than altruistic. Is this another antic to undermine ASUU that the VC knows is currently on strike? To this, we say, anyone who works at cross-purposes with our Union’s patriotic struggle to improve funding of public universities, is an enemy of the people. Anyone, in the guise of being a Vice-Chancellor, who subverts the current struggle of the union, through the organising of phony teaching arrangement, which the Nigerian public universities cannot effectively deliver, is living in self-deceit and a fool’s paradise”.
“But for ASUU’s historic struggles, will characters like the VC have any meaningful public university to preside over as Vice-Chancellors? For the avoidance of doubt, this struggle will succeed like others before it to the eternal shame of characters in the mold of the Vice-Chancellor under the reference”.