Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

LASU VC barred from campus, convocation postponed

By News Express on 18/03/2015

Gmail icon

Views: 4,114

The Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof John Obafunwa, was shocked yesterday when his protesting colleagues barred him from entering the campus.

Obafunwa’s tenure ends in October..

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LASU chapter, Dr. Adekunle Idris, at an emergency congress organized at the campus yesterday, confirmed that the vice chancellor was not allowed to enter the campus.

In the same vein, the convocation lecturer, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who was former vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, was also barred from delivering the lecture as the event was postponed indefinitely.

Oloyede was supposed to deliver the convocation lecture earlier scheduled for yesterday with the topic: “From Whom Much Is Expected, Enough Should Be Given.”

Trouble started in the school on Monday when a mammoth crowd, consisting of members of ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) started pelting Obafunwa and his entourage, comprising the two Deputy Vice Chancellors- Professors Sena Bakre (Academics) and Fidelis Njokama (Management); Director of External System (DES), Prof Tajudeen Abaninkanda; Dean, Student Affairs, Prof Kabir Akinyemi, and Akinwunmi Lewis, the registrar, with sachet water.

The unions locked the two main gates of the university, preventing vehicles from entering or leaving the campus.

Members then proceeded to the offices, chasing away workers.

But for his security aides, Obafunwa would have been attacked. He was, however, forced to trek from the main gate to the second gate during the Monday incident.

At yesterday’s congress, however, ASUU members agreed that for the 20th convocation to still hold, the state government must meet eight conditions, including barring Prof Obafunwa from entering the campus and appointment of his successor in acting capacity.

The ASUU members said none of the Obafunwa’s team should be appointed as acting vice chancellor.

They also said the four months’ arrears being owed workers of the institution must be paid on or before 4pm today.

In particular, they demanded that whoever is appointed as the vice chancellor must address all issues of victimization of staff, such as the withdrawal of doctoral certificates of some academic staff.

Other conditions demanded is the recall of Senate Council members who were sacked, and creating processes for LASU to assess TET Fund.

“Other state universities, such as Ekiti State University, have been paid N1.3 billion; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology has received N987 million, Olabisi Onabanjo University has been paid N1.2 billion; the money is not for lecturers, but for the benefit of the university. But the VC thought lecturers are the ones to benefit from it so he did not set up a committee to enable the university assess the Fund,” the ASUU chairman said.

Dr. Idris said the 2013/2014 promotion examination has not yet been conducted, yet management is stunting members’ career progression, while accusing some lecturers as corrupt. “We challenge him to identify any of our workers who stole anything since he came on board,” he said.

The ASUU chairman also alleged non-compliance with agreement and inappropriate promotions and appointments as the failure of the embattled vice chancellor.

“LASU is the only Nigerian university that has not implemented the 2012 University Miscellaneous Act,” he said, adding that the issue of ethnicity and mediocrity must be dumped when appointing a new vice chancellor.

He insisted that Obafunwa would not be allowed to complete his tenure, which is supposed to end in October this year.

“It is a serious battle and we are just getting started. We are not calling for strike now; lectures are still going on, but we will continue to monitor the situation. If the lives of our members are threatened, then lectures will stop immediately,” Idris said.

However, a circular has been distributed round the campus, made available to Newswatch Times, stating that the 20th convocation of the school has been postponed indefinitely.

Adapted from Newswatch Times. Photo shows Obafunwa.

Source News Express

Posted 18/03/2015 04:37:53 AM





You may also like...
SMEDAN commences entrepreneurship training for 104 young business...

Senator challenges youths to shift from social media,...

It’s official: Nigerian Army killed 348 Shiites —Commission...

Powerful New York Assembly Speaker to resign over...

Dangote Tomato gets set to reopen

Kidnappers demand N500 million to release Lagos monarch...

Governor Ayade’s aide collapses; rushed to hospital

New NYSC D-G assumes duty with agenda to...

Court hears human rights lawyer’s suit against his...

Sokoto govt. applauds registered voters

Nigerian Army rescues 4 Chinese expatriates

Those fighting Amaechi won’t succeed —Rivers APC •Concludes...


Latest News BREAKING: Tribunal upholds Makinde’s election as Oyo Governor Buhari critic resigns 10 days after accepting appointment in Ministry of Budget Boko Haram attacks University of Maiduguri Militants point new path to Niger Delta development Obasanjo writes South African leader over Xenophobia Gov. Umahi appoints 180 additional aides FG extends border closure indefinitely 10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso – Ambassador FUOYE killings: Fayemi directs commissioner of police to commence investigation Xenophobia: FG releases states of returnees Resident doctors demand improved healthcare infrastructure in southeast Falling container kills 2, injures others in Lagos


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (540,346 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (442,859 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (389,165 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (326,582 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (294,556 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (253,595 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (249,673 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (238,265 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (231,416 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (217,404 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (195,789 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,401 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,443) Business Verdict (80) Columnists (1,109) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (664) Features (811) Global Business Monitor (442) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,953) Interview (203) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (170) Maggie's Blog (410) News (51,360) Opinion (1,358) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,446) Religion (1,102) Sports (2,166) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera