by Segun Odeleye
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has queried four professors of Enugu State University of Science and Technology for sabotaging its ongoing nationwide strike.
According to the chairman of the ESUT chapter of ASUU, Prof. Agu Gab Agu, the queried lecturers met with the management of the university and sold the idea that they were representing ASUU and that the union had called off the strike.
Agu stated this on Monday after a congress of the local union in Enugu. He said that ESUT-ASUU stands on the resolutions of the ASUU National Executive on the strike and would abide by whatever decision of the National Executive Council as well as wait for further directives on the strike.
He said: “We are in meeting with the management and we have refuted that because we do not know them. We did not give them the mandate and everybody seems to be concerned about such a development and we have taken the necessary steps by issuing them with a query.
“Four professors are involved and we have issued them with queries and when they reply, we would know the next action to take.
“We are forwarding the query to ASUU national so that next time people should not arrogate to themselves what is not their duty. Nobody sent them. They don’t have the mandate of ASUU.”
Agu said the action of the professors was even very painful, knowing the stature of their member who died and whose death had pained every ASUU member.
“He (Professor Festus Iyayi) was a very devoted activist. You need to come close to him to appreciate him. I was with him when we had residency at Oxford roundtable last year and he was somebody that was full of humanity and again a very devoted family man.
“He came with his wife to Oxford. We were three Nigerians – Prof. Festus Iyayi, Prof. Akin Oyebade of the University of Lagos and my humble self and we were even hosted by the Nigerian community headed by one Prof. Shoduke of the Leys Pharmacy,” said Agu.