ASUU Strike: EKSU Lambasts Osodeke for Calling State Universities “Quacks” Demands Unreserved Apology
An order from the management of Ekiti State University EKSU in Ado Ekiti to resume academic activities on Monday August 29, 2022 has been denied by the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU.
However, Dr. Kayode Arogundade, the union’s chairperson, who announced this on Friday, said the institution’s registrar, Ife Oluwole, was free to reopen the university, which he shuttered as a result of the industrial action.
EKSU-ASUU was not included in the school’s resumption order, according to Arogundade, who was responding to the registrar’s announcement on Wednesday ordering the screening, registration, and orientation programs for new students for the 2021/2022 session to resume on Monday.
He stated, “As far as we are concerned, we are still on strike. We have just finished our congress. We are not comfortable with the position of the Federal Government. We have communicated our resolutions at the congress to our national body.
“We did not send students home. It was the registrar that sent the students home. The person who sent the students home can ask them to come back. So he has asked the students he sent home to resume, I do not think anybody overheard me saying my members should resume.”
Reacting to the statement made by ASUU President Professor Osodeke in a television interview where Osodeke referred to state universities not participating in ASUU strike “Quacks”
The Head, Directorate of information EKSU Bode Olofinmuagun, issued a statement on behalf of the university’s administration on Friday titled, “EKSU not a quack university: ASUU president’s statement, reckless,”.
The statement lambasted the ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, for referring to some state universities as quacks, saying the denigrating remark was “unfortunate, reckless and unwarranted.”
In a Thursday interview with Arise TV, Osodeke called certain public universities that weren’t participating in the strike “quacks.”
According to Olofinmuagun, almost all of EKSU’s academic programs are accredited by the National Universities Commission and other pertinent professional regulating authorities. He said the university “is currently the 14th best university in Nigeria out of about 200 universities and the second best state university according to the recent Webometric ranking of universities”.
“Therefore, categorising EKSU as among the quack and irrelevant universities is a testimony to the fact that the ASUU president is probably uninformed and/or bereft of ideas. This arrant nonsense coming from Osodeke is totally unacceptable and condemnable.
“The management calls on Professor Osodeke to toe the path of honour by retracting the provocative remark and tender an unreserved apology without further delay,” the university added.
In a similar vein, while denouncing ASUU’s comment, Osun State University Vice Chancellor Prof. Clement Adebooye urged the union’s president to watch what he says.
Adeboye said, “We take exception to the statement made by Osodeke referring to UNIOSUN as a quack school. This university has a profile of having done what other universities have not done in 14 years of its existence. This university has 481 full-time academic staff, out of them, 387 are PhD holders. Osodeke should not be careless with comments; he is just a Nigerian. He should not talk about what he doesn’t know. A true professor speaks with facts, which he has not done. He should get educated.”