The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday, said any attempt made by the Federal Government or its agents to ban the union will fail.
The ASUU National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this during his goodwill message at a special commemorative programme organised by the ASUU chapter of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, in Ogun State.
The event was held in honour of the former Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, whose tenure ended two weeks ago.
He said; “I can see why Ngige is interested in banning ASUU because once ASUU is proscribed, all the union’s assets automatically becomes the federal government’s property.’’
“You will never succeed in banning ASUU because ours is a union that assesses the system and aligns with the worthy course, without being biased, for the progress of the Nigerian educational society.’’
“One thing we have gotten wrong is that in the universities, we look at the VCs as Chief Executive Officers, which by the law, it is not true. A Vice-Chancellor is just one among equals, and it’s only when he sees himself as one that he will not have a problem with ASUU.”
While commending the former Vice Chancellor, ASUU National President said; “Having assessed Professor Olatunde and found him worthy, the union was glad to associate with him to the extent that we have to suspend every other official engagements of the union to celebrate him. It is a pride for us to have a Vice Chancellor whom ASUU believed deserved to be honoured.”