Dismissal of ex-ASUU chairman, others by LASU subsists —VC

The vice chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has said the dismissal of the immediate past chairman of the institution’s branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Isaac Oyewunmi, alongside Dr Adebowale adeyemi-Suenu (vice chairman), Dr Anthony Dansu (secretary) and Dr Aboderin-Sonibare Adebisi (treasurer) by the university remains in force.

He stated this in his response to a letter from the national body of ASUU, signed by its president, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, that the national body does not recognise neither the election of a new set of ASUU leaders for the university nor the elected officers.

Tribune Education recalls that LASU lecturers recently elected new set of leaders and this was barely two years after the expiration of tenure of the last administration.

A copy of the letter was made available to our correspondent by the university’s spokesman, Mr Ademola Adekoya.

Professor Olanrewaju said in as much as all the four ex-ASUU leaders at the branch referred to in the said letter had been relieved of their appointments from the service of the university for various alleged offences, and at different times within the last three years, they had no legal rights again to hold on to their former positions.

While keeping mum on the legality of the election on the premise that the matter is strictly that of the union and that he would not want to interfere being a member of the school’s management, the vice chancellor asked the ASUU national body to see the reactions of the new officers in a two-page letter as attached to his own letter.

In the letter signed by the new chairman, Dr Adeolu Bakare, from the Department of Economics and the secretary, Dr Sylvester Idowu, the new officers defended their election and eligibility, saying it was not only that their election was constitutional and followed due process, all of them are members of staff and therefore eligible to contest for the positions.

They said it was absurd for the national body of ASUU to continue to defend the sacked officers when the union is without direction for the past two years, noting that the new officers were duly elected at a congress conveyed by the caretaker committee set up for the purpose.

They said there was nowhere in ASUU’s constitution to support the retention of portfolio by any ASUU executive officer who has been relieved of his or her appointment by the university and LASU cannot therefore be an exemption.