*says virtual matriculation a charade, scam
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday accused the Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Professor Labode Popoola of allegedly attempting to undermine the on going ASUU strike.
ASUU in a statement in Ibadan berated the VC over the institution’s recently held Virtual matriculation organised by the Vice Chancellor, describing it as a scam.
In the statement signed by the Ibadan Zonal coordinator of ASUU, Professor Ade Adejumo, the union while tagging the virtual matriculation as a charade alleged the Vice Chancellor of aiming to use the matriculation to get financial favour from the federal government.
The union in the statement signed by the Ibadan Zonal coordinator of ASUU ,Professor Ade Adejumo, described the virtual matriculation as a charade.
“The University of Osun had conducted virtual matriculation in a ceremony attended by only the principal officers of the institution led by the Vice Chancellor, Labode Popoola who stated that the institution will strive to be a 21st century university. Is this another antic to undermine ASUU that the VC knows is currently on strike? To this, we say anyone who works at cross-purposes with our Union’s patriotic struggle to improve funding of public universities, is an enemy of the people”, it said.
ASUU added, “UNIOSUN cannot complete effectively as it lacks the infrastructure to execute e-learning delivery. Members of the Union are on strike and the students should not be scammed to expect virtual classroom”.
“Anyone, in the guise of being a Vice-Chancellor, who subverts the current struggle of the union, through organising of phoney teaching arrangement, which the Nigerian public universities cannot effectively deliver, is living in self-deceit and a fool’s paradise.But for ASUU’s historic struggles, will characters like Prof. Labo Popoola have any meaningful public university to preside over as Vice-Chancellors?
ASUU stressed, “in the UNIOSUN’s Vice-Chancellor’s heart of heart, can he honestly beat his chest that all the students of that University have wherewithal to key into his e-learning platform. Moreso,given the fact that majority of the students are from very humble backgrounds, is this policy not a ploy to shut out such students from accessing the teaching and learning interaction?
Challenging the Vice-Chancellor to “come out clearly to tell the nation what his real motives are? We suspect, the motivation here is financial rather than altruistic” , ASUU pointed out that UNIOSUN “has succeeded in exposing the hapless students whose parents are experiencing non-payment of salaries, amputated salaries, disengagement and rightsizing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world to be exploited by cybercafe operators.”
Emphasizing that poor students do not have the wherewithal to cope with financial demands of online learning, the union said, “this is why ASUU is on strike to make Government fund revatilisation of infrastructure including ICT.