ASUU Asks Members to Shun UI Convocation


By EKemi Olaitan

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked its members to boycott the 2020 Convocation and the foundation day ceremonies of the University of Ibadan (UI).

The decision may not be unconnected with the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by the union.

The union in a statement signed by the Chairman, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, and made available to THISDAY yesterday, said the position of the union is that holding convocation ceremonies is a violation of the principle of the ongoing strike.

He said the union is constrained to “advise members not to be in attendance or participate in the preparation for and the actualisation of the said convocation and 72nd Foundation Day Ceremonies”.

It was learnt that the union has also communicated its position through a letter written to the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka.

According to the union “The notice for the University of Ibadan 2020 Graduation and 72 foundation Day ceremonies come to our attention on Saturday 7thNovember, 2020. In the spirit of the current ASUU strike, holding graduation ceremonies at this time would be a violation of the principle of the ongoing strike…to rescue public university education in Nigeria. To the best of our knowledge, there was no request for a waiver for such to take place in the University of Ibadan