In line with the wind of change blowing through the Unions in Federal University Otuoke, as they aim to take root, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has made a bold step and achieved the observer status from its National Executive Council.
The feat which is a requirement for the final Inauguration of the chapter came after the caretaker committee of the group led by Dr. Joseph Omoro met the statutory requirements of ASUU.
In order to educate its members on the practice and principles of ASUU, the group organized a One-Day Symposium on the “The working and Principles of ASUU” with Prof., Awopetu Idowu (Emeritus) as the lead Resource person.
During his opening remark, the Caretaker Committee Chairman ASUU FUO, Dr. Joseph Omoro gave a brief history of the Association in FUO revealing that some staff under the umbrella of “Like Minds” made the efforts that have resulted to the achievement so far.
According to him, “Today is a great day in the history of ASUU FUO because after about Five years of expectancy the Union is now Standing”.
Dr. Omoro thanked the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU in the South-South Prof. Beke Tubuokiye Sese for his support and guidance during the quest to obtain the “Observer Status”.
He further justified the essence of the symposium noting that it is to create awareness of ASUU practices and activities on the younger Lecturers who are new in the profession, while creating an avenue for all members to discuss issues that will be beneficial to all.
Prof. Beke .T. Sese who is the Zonal Coordinator while making his remark Commended the FUO Chapter for their efforts especially for the unity of purpose displayed.
He also expressed his satisfaction with the choice of Prof. Awopetu Idowu (Emeritus) as the resource person for the Symposium, referring to him as the best Candidate for the job because of his wealth of experience on the workings and Principles of ASUU.
Prof. Sese concluded by advising the Union to continuously unite so that the ideals of Unionism may be actualized. He opined that the conferment of full membership status on the chapter is very near.
In his lecture on “The Workings and Principles of ASUU” Prof. Awopetu Idowu (Emeritus) went further to discuss elaborately on the subject matter.
Prof. Awopetu who traced the origin of ASUU to 1978 said it is guided by the Principles of Integrity, Transparency, Professionalism, and Objectivity, Hard work, and Teamwork, Self Confidence and Internal democracy.
The Resource person also advised the Association to get acquainted with the Constitution and always make criticisms if need be, adding that ASUU has a history of not being a bread and butter Union but holistic in nature to any environment it exists in.
Another invited ASUU Scribe, Dr. Stanley Ogoin, the Chairman of ASUU, Niger Delta University Chapter advised his FUO Counterparts on the need for them to be wary of Management strategy of “Divide and Rule” which has cost many chapters in the Country the required viability.
Dr. Stanley also reiterated the need for unity among members, citing it as a tool for achieving a strong and virile branch.
The highlight of the Symposium was Erection of ASUU Signpost at the FUO ASUU Secretariat Complex at the West Campus of the University.
The event was attended by other members of the University Community, among who were the University Liberian, Mr. Hundron Kari and Public Relations Officer FUO, Miss Ekott Mercy.