In what can be considered a strange twist to the ASUU struggle that spans several decades, a new academic union has called for a stable university calendar to improve the quality of education at the ivory tower and enhance innovations in the system.
Addressing journalists under the aegis of Congress of University Academic (CONUA), after its first stakeholders meeting held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, this weekend, the National Coordinator, Dr. Niyi Sumonu, called on other academia in other universities to join the union in its search for a refined academic unionism to foster quality education in the Nigerian university system.
According to him, the union can no longer do things in the old ways and expect different results, hence, the need to develop alternative ideas to brainstorm with other stakeholders to ensure stability in the university system and return the country’s old glory in the sector.
“For the standard of education to be very high, we need a stable academic calendar, we need to be able to predict academic session, we need to have innovations which are difficult without continuity, we also need to be attuned with modern realities, our union would approach the matter of engagement with all stakeholders in an engaging manner to have a common ground for moving forward”.
“Members believe we should have alternative ways of solving problems, members have been contributing very well to the finance of the union, when we fulfil and do all that we need to do, financial constraints will be forgotten”.
“We have been at this for over three years in Ife, we have been waxing stronger and members from other universities have been experiencing what we experienced here, hence, the decision to come together to form a national Union.