The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) said that the Lagos State University is on the brink of another crisis as a result of the confusion and distrust allegedly being created by the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa.
Speaking to journalists in Akure on Wednesday, ASUU’s Coordinator of Akure Zone, and Chairman of ASUU at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Dr. Alex Odiyi, said the national body had observed that LASU was at the brink of a crisis again following what he described as the creation of “anarchy” in the institution.
Odiyi was flanked by his counterparts from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, and Prof. Olu Olufayo, who is the Chairman of ASUU at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
He said, “It is on this note that I bring to your notice the fact that the Lagos State University is on the brink of another crisis.
“The university’s administration has once again embarked on creating an atmosphere of anarchy, violating laws, disrupting and desecrating the academic culture for which the university is known.
“At the centre of the crisis is the Vice Chancellor by whose action, we believe has been sent to destroy the university, and by extension, rubbish the efforts of the state government to ensure a conducive environment for learning and research for the people of Lagos State.”
Odiyi added that the administration of Obafunwa in the last few months had carried out acts of impunity and maladministration that touched on the very soul of the university.
According to him, the Vice Chancellor had created a parallel Senate through his meetings with HODs prior to Senate meetings, an act which is unknown to law.
He also alleged that there were irregular appointments and the use of improperly constituted Senate to elect Senate representatives to the Governing Council.
Odiyi alleged that the VC Also refused to conduct election to the deanship of the School of Communication in accordance with the university’s laws.
He stated that Obafunwa was using a group of ASUU members, currently under suspension, to cause confusion in the LASU branch of ASUU and in the university.
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