It’s likely that the 18 years feud between the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the National Body of the union will soon come to an end.
This is coming after series of consultations between the factions of the UNILORIN chapter of ASUU, led by Dr. Usman Raheem and Dr. Kayode Afolayan, and a delegation from the National HQ of the union led by Dr. Ben Ugheoke.
A five-point resolution to this effect was signed by the fractions and the National body last week Wednesday.
The crisis, which was triggered by the sacking of 49 lecturers of the university by the management of the institution in 2001 for allegedly joining a nationwide strike organised by ASUU, has lasted for almost two decades.
The Supreme Court later ruled that the lecturers should be taken back by the university and their full entitlements must be paid for the period of their sack.
Dr. Raheem, while reacting to he latest development, described the reconciliation as a welcome development.
He commended the visitation panel for going about the process of reconciliation in a mature methodical manner.
He acknowledged the intervention of the current management of the university and commended the national leadership of the union for doing everything possible to ensure that “an end must be brought to the crisis”.
Reacting to the development, Dr. Kayode Afolayan, who is the chairman of the second fraction of UNILORIN ASUU, confirmed that the process of reconcilliation of the union had been initiated.