ASUU seek panel of inquiry over LASU crisis

…Rejects sack of 150 members in Kogi varsity

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Lagos Zone, has asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, to set    up   a panel of inquiry to probe the lingering crisis rocking the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, over the alleged sack of seven of its members, among others.

This came as ASUU also rejected recent sack of   150 members of Kogi State University, KSU, Ayungba ,calling   on the   State Government to reverse the action.

The Lagos Zonal Coordinator of the Union, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, who briefed journalists yesterday at the ASUU office in Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, said the zone was mandated by its national body to look into the crises at both LASU and KSU  and come out with recommendations.

The Zonal coordinator briefed alongside other ASUU executives, such as Prof. Deji Agboola of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Dr John Fayemi of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, and Dr Dele Ashiru of University of Lagos.

Others were Dr Akinloye Oyewumi of Lagos State University and Dr Adebayo Oni of FUNAAB.

On LASU, Sowande claimed members were being hounded by the Vice-Chancellor for demanding for a functional budget monitoring committee, alleging that “our members incurred LASU management’s wrath  because they asked for evidence of proper utilisation of the N1.3bn NEEDS Assessment Revitalisation fund released to the school in 2013.”

He also alleged that the members were being harassed for demanding for the implementation of Earned Academic Allowances components of the ASUU-FGN 2009 Agreement.

According to him:  “ASUU, Lagos   zone joins the Education Right   Campaign in calling for an independent panel of inquiry on the   unfolding crisis in LASU with a view   to resolving it before the crisis becomes a monster that will be difficult   to curtail. We call on governor of Lagos State ,Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode   to call some of his functionaries to order   as   there   are evidences that they are working   in tandem with Vice   Chancellor of LASU   and some members of the governing council to fuel the crisis in LASU.”

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