The National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has approved the suspension of no fewer than 21 Lagos State University (LASU) lecturers for anti union activities.
The suspension of the lecturers was ratified at a NEC meeting held in LASU and those affected include two management staff of the university, past ASUU chairmen, vice chairmen and secretaries.
The action of the union was based on the report of a five-man Ethics and Disciplinary Committee set up to investigate the allegation against the 21 lecturers.
The 21 lecturers were accused of undermining the ASUU-LASU strike of May 20 to July 14, 2014 and the congress of November 27, which resolved that past and present leaders as well as others, who lectured, failed to respond to queries and also failed to appear before the committee be suspended indefinitely with immediate effect.
The congress directed the exco to forward the recommendations of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee to ASUU NEC through the zone for ratification while photographs of former exco members who had been suspended be removed from the photo-wall of the secretariat forthwith.
The suspended lecturers are the current Dean, Students Affairs and former ASUU-LASU chairman, current Director of LASU External System (part-time studies), immediate past chairman of the union in the Department of History and International Studies, two vice chairmen from the Department of Accounting and African Languages.
Others include two past secretaries in Departments of Fisheries and Sociology, a prof in Fisheries Department, one associate prof in IRPM, four senior lecturers in Microbiology, Zoo and Environmental Biology, Management Technology and Insurance, one lecturer 1 in Insurance, three lecturer 11 in Fisheries, Marketing and Psychology, one assistant lecturer in Insurance and a graduate assistant in Banking and Finance.
Reacting to his indefinite suspension, the Director of LASU External System, Prof Olatunji Abanikannda, said he did not appear before the ASUU-LASU panel, thus he was never given fair hearing and denied the insinuations that he and the other 20 suspended lecturers were working with the university management to stop the union’s check-off dues.
He queried why ASUU-LASU pencilled down 144 names of defaulters during the strike and asked only 21 to face the panel stressing ‘’it is not fair and I will not appeal against the decision. Why did the union exclude our colleagues from the College of Medicine and Faculty of Law? ASUU takes my money but I have never benefitted from the union’’.
Meanwhile ASUU national President, Dr, Nasir has called on the visitor to LASU, Governor Babatunde Fashola to constitute a visitation panel to the university to expose and check further crisis, warning ‘’the university governing council and Fashola must call the VC to order to save LASU’’.
‘’Our union has resolved to throw our weight behind our branch in their call for a visitation to LASU to unravel and correct the causes of the sporadic crises in the university’’.
The ASUU condemned in strong term the withdrawal of the PhD certificates of ASUU LASU chairman and other lecturers noting that what the university administration would have done was to produce the correct PhD and give it back to the owners without making noise.