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Obafunwa Under Attack Call 'incompetent' LASU VC to order, ASUU begs Fashola

Prof Obafunwa is accused of withholding ASUU-LASU Check-Off Dues, withdrawal of PhD certificate issued to ASUU-LASU chairman, Adekunle Idris.

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The Former Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof John Obafunwa play

The Former Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof John Obafunwa

(mitvonline)

The Lagos zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has called on Governor Babatunde Fashola, to caution the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. John Obafunwa, as the crisis in the institution deepens.

Speaking at a press conference, the ASUU Zonal Coordinator, Dr Adesola Nassir, told journalists that the union will organize a rally to convince the state government to take action over the impasse between it and Obafunwa.

"In a bid to further encourage the Lagos State government to do the needful and help LASU to redirect it's gradual descent to crisis, ASUU would be joining other civil society groups to stage a rally to further call the attention of the good people of Lagos State and Fashola's government to the brewing crisis at LASU," Nassir said.

Prof Obafunwa is accused of withholding ASUU-LASU Check-Off Dues, withdrawal of PhD certificate issued to ASUU-LASU chairman, Adekunle Idris, interference in union matters, non-appointment of staff recommended by Dean as HODS and irregular appointments and promotions, amongst others allegation.

Nassir said the VC is the one behind the crisis which he uses to hide his "incompetence."

"It is clear to us that the vice-chancellor is never tired of instigating crisis for LASU and the government, just to cover his incompetence," he said.

He added that the union is 'disturbed' that the government decided to "turn its face away from these brazen anomalies".

According to him, without the government's intervention, the crisis will continue to escalate with "attendant implication."

"For the umpteenth time, we are asking that the Lagos State governor and Visitor to LASU, call the vice-chancellor to order.

"The alternative is to watch LASU snowball into more crisis with the attendant implications."

It will be recalled that, in December 2014, the Coordinator of the Akure Zone of ASUU and chairperson of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) ASUU chapter, Dr Alex Odiyi, cautioned Prof. Obafunwa over what it called victimization of its members in the state owned institution.

The caution came after Obafunwa withdrew the PhD certificate of the Chairman of the LASU chapter of ASUU, Dr. Adekunle Idris, and 13 other local ASUU members.

But the embattled VC in November said his administration is being sabotaged by corrupt elements not comfortable with his 'reforms.'

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