ASUU Strike: Rival ASUU Group, CONUA, to Resume if FG and ASUU Meeting Today Ends Deadlock,Following the division of ASUU Members, there great indications that the federal government may likely work with the rival members of the Congress of Universities Academics (CONUA) for the continuation of academic activities nationwide.
Numerous meetings between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been unsuccessful and unproductive emanating from the controversy concerning the payment platform of the federal government, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the union, University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) and the release of 30 billion naira for universities rebranding. This numerous meetings has forced the Congress of Universities Academics (CONUA), a rival ASUU group, to urge the vice chancellors of various public universities in the country to recall students back to school for immediate resumption of academic activities if today's meeting ends unsuccessful like the rest.
This striking move made by CONUA was a result of the ongoing strike by ASUU that is only in favour of the lecturers leaving the students behind and prolonging their stay in school. The union has made it clear that members of CONUA across the country are not on strike.
Before the national CONUA made this move, CONUA, Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) has already threatened to drag the Akure Zonal ASUU coordinated by Professor Olu Olufayo to court over allegations credited to him that ASUU members in FUOYE have a secret pact with the management of the institution.
According to Dr. Henry Oripeloye of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife of Osun State who led CONUA members from various universities, he said that aside the members of the body, there are lecturers who do not belong to any union who are willing to teach. He assured the public that CONUA is an independent body on it's own and does not work together with ASUU and CONUA believes in constructive and objective engagement with the federal government rather than strike.
He further revealed that CONUA's main dream is that strike action as a weapon to force the government's attention should become history and with the turn of events that dream is still very far away and they are tired of the inconsequential meetings and strike by ASUU and has urged all vice chancellors in public universities to resume immediately if the federal government and ASUU's meeting today ends deadlock.