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OAU: Congress of University Academics elects new exco

Some lecturers of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) who are members of the Congress of University Academics (CONUA) on Tuesday, elected nine new leaders that will steer the affairs of the union.

This is as the tenure of those who were in charge, led by Dr Niyi Sunmonu, ended their tenure.

Dr Folasade Hunsu, a Doctor of Literature-in-English, took over from Sunmonu, who had been in office since 2018.

Also among the executive members are Prof. Olabisi Ayodele as Vice-Chairperson, Dr Hammed Adefeso as Secretary and Prof. J.B. Oyedele as Assistant Secretary.

Other exco members are: Dr A.V. Adeyemo, treasurer, Dr Kayode Sanusi, Financial Secretary and Dr Dada Fadeju, in charge of Welfare.

Dr Olusegun Adebowale is the new Investment Officer while Dr. A. Akinsulore is the Union’s Internal Auditor.

The inauguration was attended by lecturers of the institution and the Chairman, Electoral Committee, Prof David Ogungbile swore in the new team at the Auditorium 2, Humanities Block of the University.

Ogungbile congratulated the new executives, charged them to uphold the pillars of the union and be ready to take the union to its promised land.

In her acceptance speech, Dr Folasade Hunsu, lauded the members of the union for giving them the opportunity to serve.

Hunsu promised that the union leaders would prioritise the welfare of the members, while their promotion and improvement of working conditions would not be left behind.

She stressed further that they will ensure that the University system would run as it should without any distortions.

According to her, the union’s leadership would urge the University authorities to follow the committee-based system whereby decisions and policies of the University would pass through committees and would be decided by the committees not by individuals.

She said that the union would see to it that appointments into positions in the University are done based by merit and not on the basis of patronage.

She noted that unionism is not about disrupting academic sessions, but about contributing to the smooth running of the schools without hitches.

“And this can be done by organising workshops, symposiums and seminars where ideas will be exchanged for the benefit of all and sundry.

“And the product of the meetings would be communicated to the government and the public, which we believe, would go a long way as the ideas would be relevant and useful to the government,” she explained.

Hunsu called on members to support the newly elected leaders as they cooperated with the immediate past excos.

“We cannot do it alone, for a tree cannot make a forest, but when all hands are on deck, achievement is sure,” she assured.

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