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Tension as national leadership moves to install ASUU Exco

The plan by some external ASUU members to invade and conduct elections for the local chapter.

VC: Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali

There was some tension and discord on Wednesday, April 20, at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, due to a plan by the national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) to install a factional group of the union in the university.

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According to reports, some members of ASUU from other universities invaded the campus with the intention of conducting a new election for the local chapter of the union against the already existing union led by Dr. Usman AbdulRaheem.

To counter the unrest, armed policemen and men of the Department State Service (DSS) in the state were deployed to the school's main entrance to prevent any invasion of the campus.

Thisday gathered that the development led many people including students to be subjected to security checks before they were allowed into the campus.

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The varsity's Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, warned that the management of the institution would not succumb to opposition that may affect the uninterrupted academic stability enjoyed in the university for 16 years.

Speaking with journalist on Thursday, April 21, the VC confirmed the rumour of a plan by some external ASUU members to invade and conduct elections for the local chapter.

The VC said the institution's management was not informed about a plan to elect a new leadership for ASUU.

The VC added: "In any case, the local ASUU elected new executives to run its affairs about two months ago."

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According to him, "For 16 years, has enjoyed peace. It's a routine exercise that when we noticed anything that could breach the peace, we beef up security.

"For about 10 years, our local ASUU has been suspended by the national body of the union, but since then, we have had about three ASUU executives.

"An election was held about two months ago to elect new leadership of ASUU."

"There is only one ASUU on the ground. The new group which is trying to spring up has about 13 members, while the substantive ASUU has over 700 members."

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Also, AbdulRaheem confirmed the alleged plot by some external ASUU members to put in place a new leadership for the union in the institution.

He confirmed that: 'there were talks between us and the national secretariat of ASUU to reintegrate our branch into the main stream, but both sides agreed that there were fundamental issues to be resolved first before any election can take place."

Abdulraheem said there were many cases before various courts on the issue which needed to be resolved or withdrawn before further development could take place.

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