Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) Aare Afe Babalola has accused that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been actively obstructive to the re-opening of varsities.
Babalola, who frowned at the Federal Government’s decision not to allow the resumption of final year students of tertiary institutions like as it did for pupils in primary six, JSSIII and SSSIII, attributed the decision to the likely objection from the “Almighty” ASUU.
In in a statement in Ado-Ekiti by Tunde Olofintila, ABUAD Head, Corporate Affairs, the legal icon said the government’s directives should have been excluded private universities from the directives.
The statement reads: “I was not disappointed on the non-resumption of final year students of tertiary institutions, because I knew the reason why the government left out the final year students of the university. And I believe the Federal Government was aware that if it directed final year students of public universities to resume, the almighty ASUU would object, and in this case, ASUU has objected.”
Drawing from his seven-year experience as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Babalola said about the “Almightiness” of ASUU: “Before I took over as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council at the University of Lagos, UNILAG, even Council meetings could not take place unless ASUU and other Unions had been appeased or else such Council meetings would not be allowed to hold. It was a serious matter at that time, but I successfully managed that”.
Delving into how he got the news of return of final year Primary pupils, JSS III and SSS III students to school, the legal giant said: “Interestingly, it was a parent who alerted me that the Federal Government has directed final year students in secondary schools to resume and take their final year examinations. He told me that he was shocked and disappointed that the final year students in Universities were left out.”
The former UNILAG Pro-Chancellor tasked the Federal Government to, as matter of urgency insulate private universities from the public ones, saying that “the future of this country in terms of functional and quality education lies with private universities.
“Indeed, no non-public university instructor would object to resumption of faculties. Already, within the non-public universities of Nigeria, an Ivy League just like that in America is rising, to me, the top-ranking non-public universities needs to be the mirror or the template for the resumption of college students as a result of of the hygienic, secure setting and the undoubted self-discipline amongst college students and academics.”