From Oluseyi Dasilva Ilorin
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has explained his reason for supporting the on-going efforts at effectively resolving the prolonged feud within the University’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which will subsequently normalize relationships with the national headquarters of the Union, are in the best interest of the system.
Prof. Abdulkareem, who stated this while speaking in an interview with journalists, pointed out that the reconciliatory moves were informed by popular desires of the parties to the crisis and other relevant stakeholders.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the two-decade long polarization of the Union at the local level had brought a lot of discomfort to the innocent academic staff and students of the University, who have been needlessly harassed by their colleagues from other universities in the country.
Explaining what led to his administration’s involvement in the reconciliatory process, Prof. Abdulkareem said, “We had a Senate meeting where it was reported that staff of the University are undergoing a lot of harassment over the issue and there arose an agitation on the part of staff for the management to play its paternal role to ensure that Unilorin academics are given accommodation in other universities”.
The Vice-Chancellor added that “fortunately, the leadership of the Union was in town and they decided to pay me a courtesy call during which the need to end the crisis was explored. I told them that strike was not good for the system. I told them to look for alternatives to strike and they said I should suggest. I threw the challenge back to them because they are scholars in management who should know better”.
Prof. Abdulkareem said that the agitation precipitated the consultation he had with the leadership of the local ASUU, ASUU elders and other stakeholders who were united in the fact that it was high time the crisis was resolved.
He said that the impending final resolution of the feud will bring “a lot of relief to academic staff and students and for all those who have experienced discomfort from other campuses for no sins of theirs”.