LASU Crisis Is 'Internal Cleansing' – Spokesman
The news coming from the Lagos State University (LASU) in recent months have not been positive.
But the authorities say the institution is undergoing ‘internal cleansing’ in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s change initiative.
In September, the governing council approved the sack of ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr Isaac Oyewunmi, his deputy, Dr Adebowale Adeyemi- Suwenu and 15 others.
It also demoted two non-academic staff over what it called gross misconduct and malpractice.
As expected, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, said the dismissal was politicised and did not follow due process.
Sowande said the dismissal was a planned effort by the management to silence the union leaders and truncate ASUU activities in LASU.
But LASU spokesman, Adekoya Martins, says the recent dismissal and suspension cases were not attempts to attack any individual or group but to sanitise its system.
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“It is important to note that about 80 per cent of the cases were pending even before the current vice chancellor came on board and there is no way such offenses can be swept under the carpet.
“The previous crises in LASU were probably sponsored by most of the offenders, so that the management did not have an opportunity to open their files and the law did not catch up with them,” he said.
Martins noted that relative peace recently enjoyed in the university permitted the management to look into the files and sanctioned offenders accordingly.
“It is not that the VC is probably willing and happy to dismiss staff but if people run foul of the law, they must also face the music,” he said.