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The management of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, has described the statement credited to the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, calling some State universities quacks as unfortunate and reckless.
The varsity stated this in a statement issued by the Head, Directorate of Information, Bode Olofinmuagun, on Friday titled “EKSU not a quack university: ASUU president’s statement, reckless.”
According to the statement, Osodeke’s outburst was unwarranted and uncalled for.
Recall that the ASUU President had during an interview on Arise Television on Thursday described some state universities that were not part of its strike as quacks.
Reacting, Olofinmuagun, noted that nearly all EKSU academic programmes were accredited by the National Universities Commission and relevant professional regulatory bodies.
He said, “Our university is currently the 14th best university in Nigeria out of about 200 universities and the second best state university according to the recent Webometric ranking of universities”.
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“Therefore, categorising EKSU as among the quack and irrelevant universities is a testimony to the fact that the ASUU president is probably uninformed and/or bereft of ideas. This arrant nonsense coming from Osodeke is totally unacceptable and condemnable.
“The management calls on Professor Osodeke to toe the path of honour by retracting the provocative remark and tender an unreserved apology without further delay,” the university added.
Similarly, the Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof Clement Adebooye, asked Osodeke to mind his utterances.
Adeboye said, “We take exception to the statement made by Osodeke referring to UNIOSUN as a quack school. This university has a profile of having done what other universities have not done in 14 years of its existence. This university has 481 full-time academic staff, out of them, 387 are PhD holders. Osodeke should not be careless with comments; he is just a Nigerian. He should not talk about what he doesn’t know. A true professor speaks with facts, which he has not done. He should get educated.”