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Adekunle Ajasin varsity clears air on suspended lecturers

The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, has said the recent suspension of some lecturers in the institution is not an attack on the leadership of any union or a group of persons, but a routine administrative procedure aimed at restoring sanity and order.

A statement by the registrar of the university, Mr Michael Ayeerun, explained that the suspended lecturers were disciplined because they went round the campus disrupting normal academic activities, and preventing others from carrying out their assigned academic and administrative duties, and not because they were mostly executives of the local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as being insinuated in some quarters.

The statement read in part: “The affected lecturers were suspended in line with the extant laws of the university after a head of department and a dean wrote to management alleging physical and verbal assaults on them and disruption of their departmental and faculty board meetings by the suspended lecturers.

“It should be noted that this unfortunate incident happened less than a week after the ASUU AAUA branch called off its over three-month strike and the senate of the university directed departments and faculties to submit all students’ outstanding results.

“The campaign of calumny on the social and mass media alleging victimisation and vendetta on the part of management is far from the truth.”