The Academic Staff Union of Universities President, (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has said the registration of a new trade union by the federal government for academic staff in the university system is inconsequential and does not pose any threat to its existence.
Yesterday, the Federal government presented a certificate of registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
In his reaction to the new development, Osodeke while speaking to newsmen, said the registration of the factional union is unconstitutional.
“That does not in any way affect us. We are a disciplined and focused union and we know what we are doing and what we are after. Let them register as many unions as they like. That is inconsequential as far as we are concerned. We are not also in any way threatened. The sky is big enough for birds to fly.
We know our members, we know our strengths and we also know what our vision and mission are. Our members are not saboteurs or bootlickers. Our struggle is for a better educational system in the country. If the system is good, all of us will benefit and it is not only ASUU members’ children and wards that are going to benefit from improved funding and the provision of better facilities in our institutions,” he said.
Osodeke, who also reacted to the allegation by the Presidency that ASUU members are complicit in the corrupt practices in the university system, described such as unfounded.
Members of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities ASUU have been at loggerheads with the Federal government over the 7-month-old strike embarked upon since February 14 this year.