LASU Crisis: Obafunwa no longer our Vice chancellor, ASUU claims

Lagos state University, LASU
Lagos state University, LASU

The Lagos State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has stated that the Vice-Chancellor of the university, John Obafunwa, following a mass protest by staff unions, including the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University and Non-Academic Staff Union, was successfully booted out on Monday.

ASUU had been at loggerheads with Mr. Obafunwa over several issues including the victimization of its members, withdrawal of certificates of lecturers and abuse of due process by the university’s management.

It had also passed a vote of no confidence on the vice chancellor several months ago.

ASUU had also staged a protest against the VC in Ikeja, the state capital.

During the protest on Monday at school’s campus in Ojo, Mr. Obafunwa, who gained entrance with the aide of security officials, was chased out with plastic packs of water lobbed at him.

Addressing members of ASUU at an emergency congress meeting on Tuesday before heading for a meeting with the state government, the association’s president, Adekunle Idris, noted that the university community was tired of the administration of Mr. Obafunwa.

He said as the vice chancellor was “sent out of the university, he would not return again”.

Many members of the association addressed the university’s vice chancellor as “out gone or erstwhile” vice chancellor.

Mr. Idris said Mr. Obafunwa had tried to cripple the association with attempts to freeze its account and stoppage of check-up dues of the association.

Stating the demands of ASUU to be tabled before the state government, the association president said the demands remained the same.

He noted that Mr. Obafuwa would not preside over the university’s coming convocation.

“Convocation can proceed if an acting vice-chancellor is appointed” he said. “The four months balance of our arrears of increment should be paid before 4pm (Wednesday). The new acting vice chancellor must take care of the victimization, withdrawal of certificates and other issues.

“Process for the appointment of a new vice chancellor on a one term basis must begin now. Abuse of due process as members of different academic associations elected into the senate of the university must be allowed to sit.

“About N3.2 billion belonging to LASU from the intervention fund should be accessed. The new VC should set up a budget monitoring committee which professor Obafunwa had refused to set up must be put in place to so as to assess the fund.

“The inappropriate promotion of some staffs and appointment must be reviewed or reversed”.

He also stated that staff members accused of embezzlement must be investigated and punished.

The association, however, declared that following the protests by NASU, which he said could have led to the lynching of the former vice chancellor and some other principal officials of the university, it might be forced to suspend lectures as the association does not support physical attacks on any academic staff.

PREMIUM TIMES could not speak with any member of NASU as they were not around during our visit to the university’s campus in Ojo.


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