The Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne, has urged the Executive members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) at all levels, to develop the power of advocacy in their dealings with the Government and their various institutions.
The Vice Chancellor who stated this during an interractive meeting with a “Book Committee” of the University opined that “There must be a decent way of getting what ASUU wants for its members without resorting to disruption of Academic activities”
He stressed that ASUU should not always be dependent on Government, but strive to build structures that will assist respective member Universities to develop along their areas of comparative advantage.
Professor Ikonne made a strong case for equal representation of the interests of State Universities in ASUU matters to ensure fairness, stressing that academics in all Universities, Federal and State, work hard to retain their chair, hence ASUU should through advocacy work out a structure that reflects their overall interest.
He also used the forum to advise all academics to develop their ICT knowledge, which has become the new normal in teaching and learning, adding that the world is now in the Internet, and every academic should have his bio- data in it, and any University, able to establish a robust web system will always be on the lead in these times, he concluded.