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ASUU asks members to boycott UI convocation

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The University of Ibadan chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU), on Tuesday, asked members to boycott 2020 convocation and the foundation laying ceremonies of the premier university.

The decision may not be unconnected with the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union.

The union in a release signed by the chairman, Ayo Akinwole stated that the position of the union was that holding convocation ceremonies was a violation of the principle of the ongoing strike.

Akinwole maintained that the union was constrained to “advise members not to be in attendance or participate in the preparation for and the actualisation of the said convocation and 72nd foundation day ceremonies”.

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It was gathered that the union has also communicated her position via a letter written to the outgoing vice-chancellor, Idowu Olayinka.

“The notice for the university of Ibadan 2020 graduation and 72 foundation day ceremonies come to our attention on Saturday, November 7, 2020. In the spirit of the current ASUU strike, holding graduation ceremonies at this time would be a violation of the principle of the ongoing strike… to rescue public university education in Nigeria. To the best of our knowledge, there was no request for a waiver for such to take place in the University of Ibadan.”