The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) chapter, on Tuesday asked its members to boycott the 2020 Convocation and Foundation Day ceremonies of the university. The decision may not be unconnected with the ongoing strike embarked on by the union.
ASUU in a statement by the Chairman, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, said the position of the union is that holding convocation is a violation of the principle of the ongoing strike. He said the union is constrained to “advise members not to be in attendance or participate in the preparation for and the actualisation of the Convocation and 72nd Foundation Day ceremonies.”
It was gathered that ASUU has also communicated its position through a letter written to the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka.
“The notice for the University of Ibadan 2020 Graduation and 72nd Foundation Day ceremonies came to our attention on November 7. In the spirit of the current ASUU strike, holding graduation ceremonies at this time will be a violation of the principle of the ongoing strike to rescue public university education. To the best of our knowledge, there was no request for a waiver for such to take place in the University of Ibadan.”