The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Saturday refuted reports making the rounds that it named universities owned by State governments quack.
Recall that there were claims the ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said that state universities were quacks and should not be taken seriously.
Recall that Professor Osodeke had on Thursday appeared on Arise TV where he addressed some issues regarding the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by ASUU over six months ago.
Speaking about some State universities that recently pulled out of the struggle, the ASUU president said, “talk about important universities not those quacks. They’re not part of our strike”.
The development has triggered backlash from some State universities and concerned Nigerians who lambasted the ASUU president for allegedly naming State universities ‘quack’.
Recall that the Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Professor Odunayo Clement Adebooye while reacting to the report on Friday, described ASUU president as a careless talker by saying universities that were not on strike as ‘quacks’.
Professor Adebooye said the State university has 481 full-time academic staff and among them, 387 are full-time Ph.D. holders, “this is not a quack,” he said of the categorisation of some universities by the ASUU president.
However, ASUU president debunked the report saying he was misquoted by the media.
According to Osodeke, he was referring to only three universities owned by State governments which are currently not on strike.
Describing the report as fake, Osodeke lamented unprofessionalism in reportage, alleging that the media aimed at creating confusion in the system.
He said, “There is nothing like that. It is a lie. I have told myself that I will not talk to the press again because they always misrepresent things.
“I have found out that Nigerian press is specialized in manipulating interviews, reporting what someone did not say just to create confusion in the system. They won’t report things the way it is”.