The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday rejected Dr Wale Babalakin as Chairman of the Government Renegotiating Team of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government of Nigeria Agreement.
The union said the renegotiation had collapsed over the alleged arrogance of Babalakin, who was said to have made a mockery of the renegotiation process.
ASUU at the end of its three-day National Executive Council meeting, which held at the University of Calabar in Cross River State, said anything could happen if nothing was done about a letter it had already written to the Minister of Education over the development.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, described Babalakin as a stumbling block in the renegotiation process.
He “Recalled that in January 2017, the NEC meeting of ASUU held at Bayero University, Kano, welcomed the reconstitution of the government renegotiation team to enter into a renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU/FGN Agreement, which was long overdue.
He said NEC took reports on the status of the implementation of the September 2017 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action and the FGN/ASUU renegotiation which commenced in March 2017 and resolved to condemn in strong terms the Federal Government’s failure to faithfully implement many items on the 2017 MoA.
The NEC also approved the decision of the ASUU team to withdraw from the re-negotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement as a result of Babalakin’s insistence on the commercialization of tertiary education in the country.