University of Benin (UNIBEN) and the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria – have joined the Congress of University Academics (CONUA).
This add to the number of universities under CONUA to seven (7), which started as a rival to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Dr. Ernest Nwoke, the Protem Publicity Secretary said in a statement that. Mr. Sammydavies Osagie-Eweka (Chairman) and Mr. John Osazuwa (Secretary) presented the application to join CONUA from UNIBEN, while Dr. Aminu Abdullahi Isyaku (Chairman) and Dr. Usman Isyaku, of the Department of Geography (Secretary), presented it from ABU.
CONUA’s Protem National Coordinator, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), said on receiving their application said the Congress was set to reposition academic staff unionism.
Sunmonu, who was represented by the National Secretary, Dr. Henri Oripeloye, said: “The will of the lecturers in congress must in truth move the narrative and not that of a few overlords.”
He said CONUA had a vision to restore glory to the university system by putting students’ academic welfare on the front burner; working hard to make perennial strikes a thing of the past and continuously engaging the government of the day as partners in progress, even in situations of agreement and disagreement.
Nwoke added that CONUA was receiving requests from many more universities seeking to join CONUA.