This is what we will do differently, newly registered ASUU faction, CONUA, says

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A breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities called the Congress of Nigerian University Academics has made statements about what the new lecturers' union will do differently to resolve the impasse that is roiling Nigerian universities, particularly concerning recurrent strike actions.

Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, the national coordinator of CONUA, emphasized the requirement for democratizing the university environment and stated that this is what academics should aim for. She also added that academics must examine problems from various angles.

Dr Niyi Sunmonu
Dr Niyi Sunmonu

Sunmonu stated that there shouldn't be a rigid point of view on matters, adding that there shouldn't be a "only this way or the highway" mentality.

Sunmonu, while speaking on Arise TV  ‘News Night’ aired Tuesday, said the use of strike action to press home demands in the country had been on for well over 40 years, saying, “in that period of 40 years, we’ve had different kinds of governments, the military dictators, the democracy that we all enjoy; we’ve had one response and that response is put pen to paper on the agreement and renege on the agreement later.

Sunmonu noted that even in situations of outright wars, “issues are resolved at the table; why can’t we devote more time to that so as to avoid casualties? In this case, casualties are parents and students.”

“We want to deploy all our faculties, all our networks to the area of discussions at the table that will lead to a win-win situation; discussions that will lead to an agreement that the other side will not feel it’s being compelled to paper to pen to do,” he said.

The Federal Government on Tuesday, in a bid to weaken the influence of ASUU, registered two unions in the university system, which included CONUA and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, who presented the certificates of registration to the two unions, explained that the two bodies will exist alongside ASUU.

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