AAUA ASUU Chapter Embarks on Strike
It has brought to our notice that Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on indefinite strike following non-payment of 3 months salaries.
In a notice sent to the members of the union by the chairperson, Dr Sola Fayose, the members were directed to withdraw all their services to the university with immediate effect pending when the 3 months salaries and 7 months deductions have been paid in full.
The notice added that having waited enough for a positive change in that regard with non coming forth, the union has no other choice but to lay down their tools while it hope that the issues be resolved soon enough.
The story of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, Nigeria, is more appropriately told in two phases. It was first established as Obafemi Awolowo University in March 1982 by the government of the old Ondo State, headed by the late Chief Adekunle Ajasin.
The immediately succeeding military government of Navy CommodoreBamideleOtiko changed its name toOndo State University in 1985. Its relocation toAkungba-Akoko in the newOndo State became imperative in 1999, following the creation of a new State out of the oldOndo three years earlier in October 1996.
The bill backing the relocation was signed into law by the then Governor of the State, ChiefAdebayoAdefarati, in November 1999, and that prompted the movement of a crop of workers from the old site inAdo-Ekiti toAkungba-Akoko on 1 December 1999.
The bill for yet another name change, this time to Adekunle Ajasin University, in order to immortalise the late Governor Ajasin, was signed into law by Governor Adefarati in 2004 following the demise of the former.
The amended and subsisting statute of the University was signed into law in November 2007 by yet another governor, the former Governor Olusegun Agagu.
In these circumstances, it can rightly be said that while the history of AAUA started in 1982, its relocation on 5 November 1999 marked the beginning of the second phase of its history now in its present location, Akungba-Akoko.
At present, AAUA has a little over 10,000 students, 1,200 staff – academic and non-academic – and five Faculties – Arts, Education, Law, Science, and Social and Management Sciences.