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Two parallel educational our bodies – Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) and Congress of College Teachers (CONUA) – have been engaged in a battle of supremacy on the Obafemi Awolowo College (OAU), Ile-Ife, over the past two years.  Sadly, college students have turn into the proverbial grass that suffers when two elephants battle. OKERINMODUN FAITH OLUWASEUN, a remaining yr English Language undergraduate of OAU, studies.

College students of the Obafemi Awolowo College (OAU) have turn into pawns within the battle of superiority between two educational our bodies within the establishment – Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) and Congress of Universities Tutorial (CONUA).

ASUU and CONUA function as parallel our bodies with nearly related modus operandi, though the latter is a fallout of the previous.

On Monday, ASUU started an indefinite strike to protest the Federal Authorities’s stoppage of their members’ salaries for refusing to enrol within the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Data System (IPPIS), in addition to not fulfilling sure elements of the 2009 Settlement. By the way, the union simply ended a two-week warning strike on the weekend, earlier than the indefinite strike began.

Apparently too, CONUA which began  in OAU somewhat over two years in the past, with tentacles in Ambrose Alli College, Ekpoma; Federal College, Oye Ekiti; Federal College, Lokoja; and Kwara State College, Malete; has already enrolled within the IPPIS. CONUA insisted that its members would proceed to carry lectures.

CAMPUSLIFE realized that the brand new college students resumed 4 weeks in the past, whereas these already within the system resumed the week ASUU warning strike kicked off.

Additional checks by CAMPUSLIFE revealed that some lecturers of CONUA, particularly from the schools of Science and Arts, amongst others, held lectures for college kids all by means of the interval.

This growth left most college students confused as many weren’t certain whether or not their willingness to attend lectures on the occasion of CONUA would set them on a collision course with different lecturers in ASUU.

College students advised CAMPUSLIFE that lectures in OAU have turn into of venture, including {that a} lecturer could maintain a category this second, whereas the next class is empty as the subsequent lecturer won’t present up.

How CONUA got here into being?

In February 2018, some aggrieved lecturers of ASUU-OAU complained of marginalisation and of being unfairly therapy, a growth that resulted in a splinter group that birthed CONUA the next month.

At its inauguration, the Nationwide Coordinator of CONUA, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, stated the only real objective of CONUA was to redirect unionism, restore peace and stability in universities in Nigeria and give you new approaches of engagement in addressing members’ welfare.

ASUU/CONUA justify stance

Forward of the warning strike, the Chairman of ASUU-OAU Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, advised CAMPUSLIFE that his members had since downed instruments following the directive from its nationwide physique.

He stated: “The explanation for our strike motion is just not solely primarily based on the IPPIS saga however on the promise the Federal Authorities has made to the union

“The funds which have been violated from 2006-2018 have been said within the Memorandum of Understanding. The Federal Authorities is at present owing the union N1.1trillion of which they’ve refused to pay,”stated Egbedokun.

“Nevertheless our staff are being underpaid. A instructor within the ‘Senior Lecturer’ cadre within the college remains to be accumulating the cash being paid to a instructor on the standing of ‘Lecturer’ 13 years in the past. This exhibits that the Federal Authorities is depraved; how do they need us to stay?” he stated.

In what appeared a pointy distinction, nevertheless,  Sunmonu stated the union was not conscious of the warning strike by their colleagues in ASUU.

Sunmonu advised CAMPUSIFE that there was no rationale for embarking on strike since CONUA members are already on IPPIS payroll.

“All I do know is that we are going to nonetheless attend the courses to show our college students. Now we have advised our members to enrol on the IPPIS,” Sunmonu started.

“We enjoin the scholars of the Obafemi Awolowo College to please attend courses as the traditional college actions nonetheless go on. We want everybody success on their keep on campus “he added

Equally, one other member of CONUA who pleaded that his identify shouldn’t be talked about, corroborated Sunmonu, saying “as a result of we goal excellence, we’ll preserve the teachers operating.”

College students specific frustrations

Gbaremu Azeez Olamide, a 100-Degree scholar of the Division of Public Administration, stated ASUU typically seems too detached to college students’ plight.

He stated: “The lecturers ought to have thought-about returning to class as directed by the Federal Authorities and never maintain us ransom as a result of it’s affecting our courses. Lecturers would inform us to return for courses they usually received’t come on the finish of the day.”

One other scholar, a second yr undergraduate of Chemistry Odedeji Tolu, stated she and others attended lectures by members of CONUA, including that the expertise, for the primary time, afforded them a chance to ease off the tensions and nervousness often posed by ASUU strikes.

“Our courses have at all times been holding as earlier scheduled and there has not been any hiccup over the past two weeks the lectures began.”

Corroborating Odedeji, a 300-Degree Geology undergraduate, Thomas Alao, stated: “Ever because the graduation of the strike, we’ve been having lectures again to again which made us nearly unconscious of the presence of ASUU.

“They (ASUU) needs to be thoughtful and assist us in any method they’ll. We’re those that undergo each time they go on strike. They need to perceive that we’re their precedence.”

Abolade Matthew from the Division of Political Science additionally thanked CONUA for the constant courses all through the complete fortnight. Nonetheless, Abolade lamented that since ASUU nonetheless had   majority of lecturers in OAU, whose absence created an aura of uncertainty amongst college students, many didn’t come to high school as a result of they believed no lectures would maintain.

“We nonetheless implore the Federal Authorities to do the needful (for ASUU),” Abolade, a second yr undergraduate pleaded.

Falade Oluwaseun, a 200-Degree English Language undergraduate, noticed that solely a handful of scholars attended lectures by members of CONUA. She lamented that ASUU strikes have turn into a recurring decimal, to the extent that when the two-week warning strike started, majority of scholars merely packed their luggage and went dwelling.

Adeniji Iyanuoluwa, English Division, 400L, stated: “The strike motion embarked upon by the members of the Tutorial Workers Union of Universities is an effective one however it shouldn’t be this time. “They need to perceive that they’re one of many prime notch educationalists in Nigeria, they need to know what to do”

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Equally, Adebanjo Imole from the Division of Historical past, stated he has since stopped attending courses, noting that lectures have been coming in tricles. “I’ve stopped coming to courses as a result of we’ve not been holding  courses ever because the strike motion. Lecturers haven’t been coming to the category in any respect. That is fairly irritating,“the 200-Degree undergraduate advised CAMPUSLIFE.

A scholar, Kehinde Agbolahan, Division of High-quality Arts 100 degree, stated: “A few of our lectures are nonetheless coming to courses and we’ve to attend the lectures as a result of we don’t know which to attend or go away. Coming to courses has now turn into a wager.

“The strike motion shouldn’t come up this time. The members of the Tutorial Workers Union of Universities needs to be thoughtful.They need to enable us to do our lectures,” he pleaded

A remaining yr Agricultural Economics undergraduate, Funmilayo Salami, stated:”This has at all times been the difficulty within the schooling sector the place we college students should undergo for every thing as a result of we’re at all times on the receiving finish.

“The strike motion shouldn’t have come up this time. Members of ASUU needs to be thoughtful, particularly towards the truth that we haven’t finished something. I additionally enchantment to the Federal Authorities to take care of their (ASUU) calls for as that is affecting us. They need to enable us maintain our lectures,” she appealed.

Olasunkanmi Ajao, a remaining yr Schooling Expertise scholar of OAU, blamed each events. Whereas lambasting ASUU for sometimes resorting to strike as a significant weapon of agitation, Ajao tongue-lashedthe authorities for killing public establishments through underfunding.

For practically 15 years, Ajao stated the tutorial physique has continued to agitate for nearly the identical calls for, amid authorities’s indifference and I-don’t-care disposition.

“The schooling sector in Nigeria is nothing to write down dwelling about. The identical concern retains re-occurring and the federal government doesn’t need to change,” Ajao concluded.

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