The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Ekiti State chapter, has accused the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) of fuelling the disdain of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose for the association, ahead of the World Teachers’ Day celebrations, Monday.
In a statement signed by its state Chairman, Mr Sola Adigun, weekend, ASUSS which expressed worry over how Fayose had overtly expressed preference for NUT, over its affairs, accused the NUT of giving the governor the ‘erroneous impression that it is a political and illegal body.’
Adigun further alleged that ‘the state NUT Chairman Samuel Akosile has bamboozled everybody in government to believe that ASUSS is opposed to Fayose, thereby causing their exclusion from the ceremony,’ describing the act as ‘an open display of ignorance by those who were saddled with the task of improving and revamping the education sector.’
Adigun disclosed that 13 months’ deductions from members’ monthly salaries as check-off dues, which ordinarily should have been remitted to ASUSS are being withheld by government, owing to the blackmail by the NUT.
It would be recalled that the NUT chairman, Akosile had during a press conference to herald the World Teachers’ Day last Wednesday described ASUSS “as an illegal body” and accused “former state Governor Kayode Fayemi of breaching the law to have granted it recognition”.
“Before any union can operate, it has to be registered by the Registrar of the Trade Unions in Abuja. Former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, did not recognise ASUSS. He told members that as a senior lawyer he cannot breach the law. So, ASUSS to us is an illegal body,” Akosile said.
However, countering the position, Adigun said: “ASUSS is a union that was legalised to unionise all secondary tutors in Nigeria through the approval of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
“I am indeed worried, and seriously bothered and challenged that ASUSS that had been operational in many states of the federation could be labelled as an illegal body.