The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged its members in schools that conducted post-UTME exercises during the ongoing strike to reject the results and admission of candidates.
The Union said this in Strike Bulletins five and three signed by its National President, Dr. Nasir Isa.
The bulletin, which was made available to our correspondent on Monday evening, recommended that members who participated in the exercise should be queried and reported to the National Strike Coordinating Committee.
The bulletins read in part: ?Members are hereby mandated immediately to query members who have broken the ongoing strike by participating in post-UTME screening, attendance of meetings including Council meeting, retreat of Governing Council in Abuja etc. A copy of the query should be sent to NSCC.
?Our union insists that post-UTME screening is, for all intents and purposes an examination. Our members through senate must reject admission of students with such examinations that have not been appropriately supervised by academics.?
ASUU also accused the National Universities Commission of distorting the strike by threatening Vice-Chancellors of Universities with accreditation while the strike is on.
He added, ?Prevail on our VCs to resist the antics and gimmicks of the NUC Secretary. Do not be used to embark on any sham accreditation during the period of the national strike. Our union will do everything possible to nullify and such accreditation conducted within the period of the strike.
?NUC has recently made essentially false publications meant to distort the goal of our strike, and has organised sham accreditation visits to the University of Abuja. Our Union has condemned the damaging role of NUC in the university system and has resolved to expose the dramatis personae in the persistence of unpatriotic dispositions at play.?
Meanwhile, for the second year running, Webometric has ranked Obafemi Awolowo University as the best in Nigeria and 8th in Africa.
The university in 2012 emerged as the best in Nigeria and 14th in Africa by the Cybermetrics Lab of Spain – a world-renowned Research Council.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr.Abiodun Olarewaju, the emergence of the school as one of the best in Africa showed advancement in Nigeria?s education.
He said: ?In further confirmation of its academic excellence and intellectual supremacy over and above other universities and institutions of higher learning, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has, again, been rated the first and the best university in Nigeria and 8th in Africa.
?New webometric ranking released today, Monday, 5th August, 2013, by the Cybermetrics Lab of Spain and circulated round the world, moved the Obafemi Awolowo University higher on the ladder from number 14 to number 8 in Africa. This is a development that academic analysts and managements of universities in Africa have hailed as a monumental leap for educational advancement in Nigeria. This is the first time that a Nigerian university would be so ranked consecutively,? he said.
Reacting, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bamitale Omole, attributed the giant strides recorded by his administration to the unparalleled research output, administrative acumen, technical know-how of the academic, administrative and technical staff of the university.
?Only a focused leadership, which is the hallmark of his management team, can produce such a spectacular feat. Federal Government must not relent in its efforts to improve the funding of education, particularly for the universities, so that the increased penchant for travelling abroad to undergo academic programmes that could be taught better by our lecturers here in Nigeria would be a thing of the past,? he added.
Professor Bamitale Omole, then applauded the dedication to duty of all stakeholders in making sure that the ideals of the founding fathers of OAU become a reality in its entirety.