Amidst the endless strike action, the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) has established a seven-man rapid response committee assigned the duty of reacting instantly to propaganda and media conflict levied against the Union.
This comes days after ASUU extended indefinitely its over six months strike which started on February 14, 2022 over the failure of the Federal Government to fulfill its demands.
According to a statement dated September 1, 2022, and signed by the National President of the union, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the Union said the body is at a critical stage of its struggle and constituting the committee is crucial to the success of their struggle.
The statement read that the union bemoaned that there has been much media propaganda intended for thwarting the efforts of the union and misleading the public.
This according to the union, calls for the need to make up a committee that will immediately respond to publication, interviews, and opinions that may be against the interest of the union.
Nexus News gathered that the committee is made up of four professors and three PhD holders. They are Prof Ade Adejumo (LAUTECH) as the convener, Prof Joseph A. Ushie (UNIUYO) as a member, Prof Abdulgafar Amoka (ABU) as a member, Dr Adelaja Odukoya (UNILAG) as a member, Dr Taiwo Obateru (UNIJOS) as a member, Dr Otu Otu Akanu (AE- FUNAI) as a member and Prof. Victor Igbum (BSU) as secretary.
Titled ‘constitution of rapid response committee’, the statement read:
“The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is at a very critical stage of its struggle toward the survival of Public universities in Nigeria. It has been observed that a lot of media propaganda to misinform and malign the union is ongoing. The union appreciates your efforts in responding to this media war.
“The trustees and principal officer of the union decided to constitute a rapid response committee to immediately respond to various media publications, opinions, interviews e.t.c that may be against the interest of the union.”