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ASSU Crisis : OAU Pulls Out Of National Body

By Adejumo Kabir

The Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) has pulled out of the national body to form a new body following the kerfuffle between the national body and the chapter which led to the disownment of ASUU OAU chapter by the national body.

According to the resolution of the congress of OAU chapter that held recently  and signed by the Chairman of its caretaker committee, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, the congress condemned the resolution of the ASUU National Executive Council meeting on the issues affecting the group.

“Last year, 732 of the 1,371 academic staff of Obafemi Awolowo University wrote to the university management to stop payment of their check off dues to the national body to express our displeasure against the way the national body handles the OAU branch  crisis. There are several reasons for pulling out which include the alleged unilateral removal of the elected Treasurer by ASUU National President and also the alleged transfer of N11 million from OAU branch account to ASUU national account.”

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It would be recalled that the university chapter of ASUU have not be in good term with the national body following the removal of Dr. Caleb Aborisade led executives by the branch congress which was rejected by the national body.

However, the OAU chapter has vowed to be with Dr. Niyi Sunmonu led caretaker committee and stopped payment of their check off dues to the national body.