The management of the Kwara State University, Malete, has rejected the opinions voiced by the union’s local chapter during the protest, which was organized by the Kwara State council of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Tuesday in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) continuing strike.
At the event, the local ASUU chapter’s head, Dr. Shehu Abdulganiyu Salau, lambasted the State government, the institution’s owner, for depriving it of the money it needs to operate.
He bemoaned the suspension of subvention, which he claimed had negatively affected the school, and he pleaded with the State government to alter the story in that regard to prevent the institution from closing down.
But shortly after the about four-hour-long rally in Ilorin, the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, management distanced itself from the slogan carried by the KWASU ASUU.
The KWASU administration urged the public to ignore the ideas expressed in the banner since they did not reflect the management’s beliefs in a statement released on Tuesday night and signed by the institution’s registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Wasilat Sallee, and provided to MINIECHAT in Ilorin.
“The sentiments expressed in the banner do not represent the views of KWASU Management and should be disregarded,” the statement said in part.
Since its foundation, the University has benefited from the cooperation and assistance of its owner, the Kwara State Government. The government has funded numerous major improvements at the university.
“Recently, the government, led by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, committed large sums of money to the completion of the University’s Osi and Ilesa Baruba campuses. When the government’s deteriorating finances improve, the University will also get intervention funding.
“The University appreciates all of the Kwara State government’s kind gestures and will continue to support the government’s efforts to position the University for competitiveness both locally and globally.”