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Victimisation, Impunity LASU boils as ASUU tackles VC Obafunwa over 'maladministration'

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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


All is not well at Lagos State University (LASU) where the Vice Chancellor, Prof John Obafunwa, and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are fighting a never ending war.

The impasse between the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof John Obafunwa and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) seems to be taking a turn for the worse.

In a strongly worded statement signed by the Coordinator of the Akure Zone, Dr Alex Odiyi, the union cautioned Prof. Obafunwa over what it called victimisation of its members in the state owned institution.

Odiyi, who is also the chairperson of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) ASUU chapter, said the Vice Chancellor has shown himself lacking in leadership qualities.

“The administration of Prof John Obafunwa in the last few months has carried out acts of impunity and maladministration that touch on the very soul of the university. Notable among these are: Encouraging Parallel Senate through his meetings with HODs prior to Senate meetings, irregular appointment of the HODs and promotion of candidates that are neither appointable nor promotable," the statement read as quoted in a Leadership report.

Obafunwa was also accused of victimising staff and contravening the university laws.

“He appointed an individual as a professor with less than 15 papers contrary to the principles and rules governing promotions and appointments.

"The vice chancellor subverted the University Laws and placed Professor Tunde Fatunde who is also the national president of the French Teachers Association of Nigeria on interdiction without any criminal offence”.

It will be recalled th Obafunwa led management of LASU has withdrew the PhD certificate of the Chairman of the LASU chapter of ASUU, Dr. Adekunle Idris, and 13 other local ASUU members.

The local chapter of ASUU had said the purpose was to "victimise some of our members."

But Prof Obafunwa said the withdrawals were done to correct certain errors.

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