The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin chapter, has said that it is open to dialogue with the national leadership of the union.

Newly elected chairman of the union Dr. Abdulrasheed Adeoye said a working relationship with the national body is “very feasible”, recalling that Unilorin ASUU was one of the vibrant chapters in the past.

ASUU leadership in University of Ilorin has been at loggerheads with the national leadership since the sack of 49 Unilorin lecturers in 2001.

A court case on the crisis dragged on for over eight years before the Supreme Court in 2009 reinstated the sacked lecturers.

But since 2001, Unilorin ASUU has existed in isolation and has not participated in the various strikes embarked upon by the union.

The new chairman, speaking on his agenda as he assumed leadership of the union, noted that the local chapter has embarked on key projects in the university.

“What we are saying is that our doors are open for negotiation; we are ready to work with the national body, but nobody will take us to the slaughter’s slab. For us, we are agents of peace, we don’t want to mention names, we don’t want to be distracted, we want to face issues. If you want to deride people or use derogatory words on them and say they are fake people; fake by what standard? I am not a fake person. My identity is known, so also every member of the exco,” he said.

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