By Charles Akinbode
The authorities of the Osun State University have denied the claim that the institution would soon join the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
On Monday, the Acting Chairman of UNIOSUN ASUU, Dr. Olaosebikan Wende, announced that the university would soon join the nationwide ASUU strike.
Wende’s announcement was credited to an interview he reportedly had with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.
According to the report, Wende explained that the suspension of the UNIOSUN ASUU chapter by the national body was what had prevented its members from joining the nationwide strike but said the institution industrial union was working on its reinstatement and would join the strike immediately the suspension was lifted.
But a statement by the university’s spokesman, Adesoji Ademola, said the management’s position is contrary to comments made by the UNIOSUN ASUU branch acting chairman.
According to the statement, the institution will not join the ASUU strike and make it disrupt the school academic calendar.
The statement partly read: “The selling point of UniOsun is that we don’t miss or extend our academic calendar. Our four years is always four years.
“We have, at a point called the ASUU national chairman, and we made our position known concerning joining ASUU strikes.
“We want to inform the University students, stakeholders and the general public that UniOsun has no plan to join the ASUU strike.
“Our students have resumed the rain semester academic session and lectures will commence very soon. So, our students are advised to disregard any information that UNIOSUN will soon join the ASUU strike.”