CONUA, NAMDA illegal groups in varsity system; can’t be accorded recognition — ASUU
Written by Adewale Adeyemi on January 18, 2023
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has again, dismissed the registration of the Congress of University Academics, CONUA and the National Association of Medical Doctors in Academics, NAMDA, saying they were inconsequential and of no effect in the Nigerian university system.
He described the presence of a certificate of recognition to both CONUA and NAMDA, by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, as the government’s plan to silence ASUU, vowing that government would not succeed. According to him, the two newly registered university academic unions were illegal and such, should not be accorded any recognition in whatever circumstance by anybody.
Reacting to the presentation of certificates to the unions to operate under the nation’s Trade Dispute Act and the Trade Union Act by the minister on Tuesday, vanguard newspaper reports that Osodeke, who said ASUU was not aware of the development, told Vanguard that the two unions were illegal and have no place to operate in the nation’s university system.
He wondered why the federal government was making the presentation of certificates to the newly registered unions a media affair unlike the registration of existing academic unions some years ago.