Strike: ASUU invades anti-corruption program, stops Soyinka, Ezekwesili from talking


The Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU), College of Abuja chapter on Wednesday prevented Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon Rtd and former Schooling Minister, Dr Oby Ezekwesili from talking at an anti-corruption occasion.

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The union led by its chairman, Dr Kasim Umaru, disrupted the occasion held on the College of Abuja.

Umaru instructed NAN in a phone interview on Wednesday that they disrupted the programme due to the continuing strike, including that they haven’t any remorse for his or her actions.

He mentioned such magnitude of programme couldn’t maintain within the establishment as a result of lecturers have been additionally concerned within the occasion.

“These eminent personalities for the programme are all conscious of our plight and did nothing, we disrupted the occasion as a result of we’re on strike,” he mentioned.

The convener of the occasion and Nationwide Coordinator of African Initiative Towards Corruption and Examination Malpractice AFICEM, Dr Francis Abioye regretted the motion of the ASUU, saying they erred by disrupting the occasion.

Abioye mentioned the administration of the college had earlier authorised the establishment’s auditorium as venue for the anti corruption programme.

He mentioned the programme was not an instructional occasion, however was organized to teach Nigerians particularly college students in opposition to corruption and associated circumstances.

In his remarks, the college College students’ Union Authorities (SUG), President, Mr Chizurum Anabaronye mentioned the event was regrettable and disappointing.


“It’s unlucky as a result of college students would have benefited immensely within the programme contemplating the personalities concerned within the programme.

“Wole Soyinka is an individual each scholar desires to see and the one alternative to listen to him communicate was disrupted, we mobilized the scholars for the occasion however later communicated to them on the event,” he mentioned.

One of many facilitators and Osun Excessive Courtroom Choose, Justice Oloyode Folahanmi, who additionally spoke to NAN mentioned AFICEM deliberate to rejoice the 2018 anti corruption day with a lecture on the `Advantages of Examination Ethics’ which was disrupted.

“The Noble Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka, different eminent individuals and myself have been to talk to Nigerian college students on the necessity to abide by the principles guiding examination ethics.

“We’re companions in progress, we really feel the plight of ASUU and we wish to repair Nigerian drawback so it was improper to disrupt the programme,” he mentioned.

Whereas calling on FG to handle the calls for of ASUU, Folahanmi mentioned the rationale for concentrating on college students was due to the idea that quest for societal regeneration should start with the youths.


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