The University of Ibadan Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has condemned in its entirety the statement credited to Senate President, David Mark deriding the personality of the leader of Government negotiation with ASUU, Deacon Gamaliel Onosode.
This was part of the resolutions taken at the end of the congress of the union held within the premier university over the state of the ongoing national strike.
The resolution, which was signed by the chairman of the ASUU of the university, Dr Olusegun Ajiboye asked the senate leader to tender an unreserved apology to the leader of the government delegation in 2009, Deacon Gamaliel Onosode saying the elder statesman ‘deserved respect as a man of proven integrity, and impeccable character’.
The Congress asked the Senate to be alive and sensitive to what is happening to the masses and teach the youth the sanctity of obeying agreement adding that President Goodluck Jonathan as the then Vice president instructed the government team to sign the agreement.
The Senate President, David Mark was reported as saying "those who negotiated on behalf of the federal government with ASUU in October 2009, the facts made available to us today by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Uche Chukwumeje, showed that they are people who do not know their right from their left and, in the process, put the federal government into the problem it is facing today, because when the agreements were read out I thought they were mere proposals, only for Chukwumereje to confirm that they signed the largely un-implementable agreements characterized by payment of all manner of allowances.”