ASUU asks Governors Ambode, Bello to recall sacked lecturers
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has called on the Lagos and Kogi State Governors, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode and Yahaya Bello, respectively, to reinstate the sacked lecturers in Lagos State University and Kogi State University.
The union alleged that its members were kicked out of the two institutions because of their principles against the maladministration in the university system.
Speaking with the journalists at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, the Coordinator of the union in Akure Zone, Dr. Alex Odiyi, called on well-meaning Nigerians and other stakeholders to prevail on the management and visitors of the two universities to correct the abnormalities in the institutions.
Specifically, the union accused the Vice Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, of creating an atmosphere of anarchy, disrupting and desecrating the academic culture for which the university is known, alleging that the Visitor to the school allegedly did nothing on the matter.
The union accused Fagbohun of unjust dismissal of the chairman and vice chairman of ASUU in the varsity, Dr. Isacc Oyewumi and Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu respectively, while the Vice-Chancellor allegedly continued to harass other members of the executive of the union in the school.
Odiyi said “The (LASU) administration has made desperate effort to cover up it financial misdeeds, particularly in the misappropriation of the N1.3bn NEEDS Assessment Revitalisation Fund released to the university in 2013 which was a product of the collective struggle of the union.
“To further this, the vice chancellor has maintained a position of disallowing the proper constitution of the University Budget Monitoring Committee, which was meant to ensure the propriety of the processes leading to the award of contracts in respect of the fund.”
On the KSU, the ASUU alleged Governor Bello of encouraging migration of capable hands from the institution by replacing the sacked staff with MSc holders, youth corps members and technologists to handle courses being handled by professors, senior lecturers and PhD holders.
“We demand the unconditional recall of all our colleagues illegally sacked from the universities, payment of all outstanding salaries and entitlements to our colleagues in KSU and restoration of their rights and privileges by the university administration.” the union said.