The immediate past vice-president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has emerged as the new president of the union.
Osodeke, a professor of soil science at the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, was elected early yesterday morning during a 3-day conference of the union, which held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
He took over from Biodun Ogunyemi, a professor of education at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
Other members of the union who were elected alongside Osodeke include Chris Piwuna, of the University of Jos, as vice-president; Olusiji Sowande, of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, as Treasurer; while Ade Adejumo, a professor from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, was elected as Financial Secretary.
Ogunyemi will continue to serve in the new executive committee as an ex-officio member, apparently to guide the new leadership.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday, Ogunyemi described his two-term tenure of office as a period of service to the nation. He thanked the union and his colleagues for the support and encouragement.
The ex-ASUU president said whatever that was achieved during his tenure was a product of teamwork, and urged the successors to continue the tradition.