THE Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Professor Femi Mimiko, has restated the determination of the institution to recall the students to campus very soon.
Professor Mimiko said this las week, when one of the participants of Course 22 of the National Defence College, who visited the university as part of their tour of Ondo State, asked why the AAUA chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) should be part of the protracted strike of the union since the university was being funded by the Ondo State government.
Mimiko said: “This university was established and is being funded by the Ondo State government. And now, we are on strike to compel the government that we have no relationship with to implement an agreement that it signed. For some of us, it is difficult to understand. So, what we have, to the best of my knowledge, is sympathy strike.
“As far as this university is concerned, prior July 2, 2013 when the strike started, there was no single issue in dispute between the university and its academic staff. Therefore, going on strike when there was no dispute makes the strike completely illegal.
“There is no amount of money that we get at the end of the day for infrastructural development and even as our personal emoluments that will justify having to shut down the entire university system for four months.
“We are working and taking a number of steps that will put us in the appropriate situation to be able to bring our students back very soon.
We have not left anybody in doubt as to our determination in that regard.
“In most universities across the world, people can no longer imagine that you lock the university for four months.
It is unimaginable. There must be another ways of addressing this issue other than shutting down the university system completely.”
He pleaded with ASUU to consider other alternatives to strike, saying, “the strike option is not the solution. We must be courageous enough to look for an alternative.
I am using this opportunity again to appeal to my colleagues to come back to work. All of us must do something to get back to work, otherwise it becomes completely irrelevant.”
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