Amidst rumours of strike that have, in recent times, engulfed the campus of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has debunked the rumours.
The chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr. Busuyi Mekusi, while briefing journalists shortly after the end of the university’s first semester examination, threw more light on the circumstances surrounding the strike action of the union.
Speaking on the event that caused a break during the first semester examination, the ASUU chairman described it as “transition”, saying, “it was not a strike, it was a period of transition, though we were to go on strike. We did not go on strike because there were interventions from the union leadership. On that day, there was a congress and we finished late so it was impossible for the exams to go on same day.”
While giving answers to the reason why ASUU threatened strike in the period of examination, Dr. Mekusi listed issues that centre on the non-implementation of the 2010 agreement.
Acknowledging the effort of the management to ensure the infrastructure development of the university, Dr. Mekusi said: “We are aware of the fact that some projects are going on in the university and the effort of the university to provide solution to the issues of office and lecture spaces, but all these are taking too long”.
He also used the medium to urge the students who have nursed the fear of strike action on the campus to be calm as there were no plans by the union to go on strike, even as he informed students and the public of the intention of the lecturers to embark on their outstanding 15 days leave.