Aggrieved lecturers and students of the Lagos State University (LASU), on Wednesday stormed the Lagos State House demanding for sack of the institution’s vice chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa.
The protesters insisted on the resignation of the institution’s vice chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa, as they snubbed attempt by leadership of the Lagos State House of Assembly to simmer down.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng gathered that the aggrieved lecturers and students accused the institution’s vice chancellor, Professor Obafunwa of destroying the fabrics of the LASU system..
House Leader, Honourable Ajibayo Adeyeye, who was quite anxious to pacify the aggrieved students, lecturers, professors and civil society groups, got a shocking embarrassment as he was shunned on account that the House leadership did not come quick to address them and had only left them to their fate in the scorching sun.
Addressing newsmen, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU\LASU), Dr Adekunle Idris, accused the institution’s vice chancellor, Professor Obafunwa of destroying the fabrics of the LASU system.
Idris said that protesters came on a peaceful protest to place their complaints in public domain since no one had been able to put to check the alleged excesses of the vice chancellor.
According to him, Professor Obafunwa does not understand the way universities are being run, including the issue of appointment and promotion of lecturers.
He accused Obafunwa of engaging in irregular promotions, alleging that he even awarded Ph.Ds while he had none himself.
The protesters, therefore, demanded for the resignation of Obafunwa, reversal of what they termed his vindictive withdrawal of Ph.D certificates.
, interdiction of lecturers and workers, and also an end to impunity and abuse of LASU laws and regulations by the vice chancellor.?
The University of Lagos Zonal Coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Adesola Nassir, while speaking on the matter, explained that the mass rally, in partnership with the Joint Action Front (JAF) and other civil society groups, was a bid to seek government’s intervention in resolving the crisis.
“Our union is in need to further encourage the state government to do the needful and help LASU to redirect its gradual descent to crises,” he said, declaring that 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 Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola-led administration to the brewing crisis at LASU.
“If the crisis is not arrested, we are certain the consequence would not be in the interest of the government. For the umpteenth time, we are asking that the Lagos State governor and visitor to LASU, Mr Babatunde Fashola, to call the LASU Vice Chancellor to order, whilst at the same time setting up visitation panel to LASU immediately,” he demanded.
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