The President of the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), Dr. Niyi Sumonu, has disclosed that monopoly and suspension of some members by its sister union, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, led to the formation of the body.
Sumonu disclosed this in an interview with Arise TV on Wednesday.
ENIGERIA had reported that the National Industrial Court on Tuesday ratified the recognition of CONUA and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) as trade unions.
While reacting to the judgment and creation of CONUA, Sumonu stated that “the more, the merrier.”
He said, “To set the record straight, CONUA is a child of necessity. It was born as a result of some internal disagreement and highhandedness in resolving the disagreement, which started within the campus of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
“There were issues, so because of highhandedness and monopoly, those issues eventually led to the expulsion of members in OAU. This expulsion was decided upon on February 4, 2018.
“It was after that expulsion from ASUU that members decided, in order to protect our right, to follow the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that confers on every freeborn citizen the right to associate, that CONUA was formed.”