The President of the Educational Employees Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, delivered his valedictory speech on Friday.
Ogunyemi spoke at ASUU’s convention on the Nnamdi Azikiwe College, Awka in Anambra State.
Throughout the speech marking the tip of his three-year tenure. Ogunyemi thanked the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and others.
He additionally revealed that 30 ASUU members died of COVID-19 and different points in the course of the interval beneath overview.
He stated, “According to the provisions of our structure, we’re right here to overview our actions within the final three years to chart a brand new course at this essential juncture of our nationwide life.
“As some extent of departure, we should place on report that COVID-19 didn’t spare our campuses. A lot of our contaminated members had needed to fight the COVID assault with assets from colleagues and different individuals of goodwill as a result of their salaries and emoluments, in addition to the union’s check-off deductions, have been both withheld by the Workplace of the Accountant-Normal of the Federation over the rejection of the discredited Built-in Personnel and Payroll Data System.
“Our different comrades suffered the identical destiny within the arms of overzealous State College Vice-Chancellors and Guests. As a matter of reality, we misplaced not less than 30.
“Within the final three years, ASUU has loved super goodwill from quarters too quite a few to say.
“Regardless of being a authorities official, the Government Secretary of the Tertiary Schooling Belief Fund has by no means denied his coaching in ASUU and the function performed by the Union in midwifing the intervention company.
“The Government Secretary of the Nationwide Universities Fee can also be one other uncommon breed who tasks his clear understanding of ASUU’s mission at each assembly with the federal government. Could their race multiply!
“We equally recognize the intervention efforts of the Hon. Minister of Schooling, Mallam Adamu Adamu in addition to his Labour and Employment counterpart, Sen (Dr) Chris Ngige when it mattered.
“We can’t thank them sufficient. Our profound appreciation equally goes to the Chief of Employees, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who has continued to play vital roles in getting our issues resolved within the final yr.
“The NLC President and World President of the Worldwide Commerce Union Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has stood by us all the way in which. His strategic intervention, on behalf of the Congress to which we’re an affiliate, all the time made the distinction. Comrade World President, might your shadow by no means develop much less.
Ogunyemi added, “For us, the ASUU battle has grow to be a lifetime venture. We, due to this fact, recognize the privilege to serve you and pledge our continued loyalty and help for this nice union of intellectuals. So, as we are saying, the battle continues.”
Ogunyemi’s successor is anticipated to emerge on Sunday on the Awka convention.
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