ASUU tasks UNILAG authorities on members' welfare

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos Chapter, on Friday urged the institution’s authorities to improve on the welfare of its members.

The union’s Chairman, Dr Adelaja Odukoya, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, expressed satisfaction with the authorities’ attitude toward provision of an enabling environment for effective teaching and learning in the university.

He, however, said there were still concerns in the area of welfare of the union’s members.

“You know before now we had issues with the university authorities, which, to an extent, has been largely resolved.

“The major challenge we are facing today as a union is that of accommodation for our members.

“A situation whereby a lecturer will be coming from far distance every morning to carry out his or her mandate every day has its effects on quality service delivery.

“I know it could be better and that is why we are calling on the school authorities to look into the issue and seek ways of finding a lasting solution to it,’’ the don said.

Odukoya said that one must have enough rest and less stress for his body to function well, and for him to be at his best.

He said the conclusion of daily academic activities late at night could amount to a disservice, not only to the lecturers, but also to the students and the university at large.

Odukoya, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, urged the university authorities to reconsider their stand on the issue of annual leave for the union’s members.

He said that a lot of the lecturers were unable to go for their annual leave because of the various programmes that were being run in the institution.

“I still want the authorities to expedite action too in this area because we need the leave once in a while to rest, and to also do some other personal things.’’

The don said that the lecturers were doing a lot in the area of self-development by way of attending workshops and other developmental programmes.

Odukoya said plans were underway to organise leadership training for ASUU members in the university.

“The training is expected to hold in the various chapters of our universities nationwide.

“We are yet to have any particular date for the training, but as soon as we get directive from the national body, we shall commence,’’ he said. (NAN)