The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ilorin chapter, has charged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to probe the attack on the union’s chairperson at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
ASUU also tasked the police to institute an urgent investigation into the disruption of the union congress in RSUST.
The national body of ASUU on Thursday declared a solidarity strike in support of their members in the institution.
A statement signed by the ASUU Chairman (UNILORIN chapter), Dr. Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju, urged Nigerians to resist the “progressive bastardisation” of the concept of governance in Nigeria universities.
His words: “ASUU calls on all good people of Rivers State and Nigeria to prevail on Governor Rotimi Amaechi to restore the rule of law and decency in the governance of the state university. This is the only sure way of restoring peace and normalcy in the university on a sustainable basis.
“The solidarity strike declared by the union is also meant to send a signal to other Nigerian universities that ASUU will not tolerate sharp practices and non-adherence to due process by governing councils and visitors in the appointment of vice-chancellors. A university is a product of law. Such law must be respected and protected at all times by those the people have entrusted to govern the university.
“While ASUU has been able to struggle for the autonomy of universities and their governing councils in the appointment of vice-chancellors, this is the belief that the governing councils will maintain transparency, integrity and due process in the course of such appointments. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in many recent appointments, thus leading to acrimony and needless disruptions in the normal running of the universities as we are witnessing now in Rivers state University of Science and Technology.”