The Calabar Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Professor John Obafunwa, of instigating the crisis afflicting the university.
In a statement issued in Calabar and jointly signed by the zonal co-coordinator of the union, Dr. Nsing Ogar, the zonal secretary, Dr. Charles Obot, and branch chairmen in the zone, the union also accused the vice-chancellor of adopting ‘repressive tactics’ to silence his perceived enemies.
“The zone condemns the highhandedness of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Oladapo and the LASU administration, which if not checked has the tendency of being replicated in public universities in the country, with its attendant terrible consequences,” the statement said.
The Calabar Zone of the union expressed dismay that the LASU Vice-Chancellor “has chosen to assault the University culture by being administratively reckless and showing no regards for established norms by carrying out primitive witch hunting, vendetta and other forms of infractions.”
The ASUU officials disclosed that Obafunwa increased fees paid by students of the university from N25, 000 to N350, 000 for no justifiable reason and was forced to reverse the fee hike after popular struggle by ASUU, the students and the people of Lagos State.
They claim ASUU members in the university were persecuted for their role in the fee hike saga, noting “the vice-chancellor opted for repressive tactics against the union and its members for championing the cause of the people”.
To curtail what it described as the alleged “growing impunity and recklessness” of the university management, the ASUU officials called on the Lagos State government to constitute a visitation panel to restore order in the university.
“We believe that without this being done, the situation in LASU will deteriorate to the level that meaningful academic work would no longer be guaranteed,” the lecturers stressed.
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