The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State and his counterpart in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello, to reinstate the sacked lecturers in Lagos State University (LASU) and Kogi State University (KSU), respectively.
The union alleged that its members were kicked out of the two institutions because of their positions on mal-administration in the university system.
Speaking with journalists at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, the Coordinator of the union in Akure Zone, Dr. Alex Odiyi, urged well-meaning Nigerians and stakeholders in the education sector to prevail on the management and the Visitors of LASU and Kogi State University to right what he described as the wrongs committed against the affected lecturers in both institutions.
ASUU specifically accused the Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, of creating an atmosphere of anarchy, disrupting and desecrating the academic culture of the university.
The union alleged that Fagbohun unjustly dismissed its chairman and vice- chairman in the institution, Dr. Isacc Oyewumi and Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, respectively, even as he continued to allegedly harass other members of its executive committee of the union in LASU.
Odiyi said, “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.”
ASUU also claimed that Governor Bello encouraged the migration of capable hands from KSU by replacing the sacked staff with Masters degree holders, youth corps members and technologists to teach courses that should be handled by professors and senior lecturers.
“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.