November 20, 2014 – The crisis rocking the Lagos State University (LASU) is far from being over, following allegations from local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of the University (ASUU) that management has threatened to withdraw PhD certificates of 14 lectures that participated in the struggle that forced the Lagos State Government to reverse tuition from N350,000 to N25,000.
ASUU also alleged that Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has failed in its responsibilities as the visitor to the State University.
The union led by the Coordinator of ASUU, Lagos Zone, Dr. Sola Nasir made the allegations at a press briefing in Lagos.
Fashola reversed the tuition at the 19th convocation of the institution, which ended several months of agitation from lecturers, students and civil societies.
Nasir alleged that withdrawal of their certificates is one of the strategy adopted by management to victimize the lecturers.
Speaking on the development, Dr. Idris Adekunle, who was among the 14 lecturers said management has asked him to return his certificate.
“The management is asking me to return my certificate without stating the time for the certificate re-issuance. They claim that they intended to look into some matters. They claimed that there was an error on the certificate. But the certificate was signed by the current Vice Chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa. Rather than apologies to me and others for the error, they demanded for my PhD certificate.
“Also, the management claimed that they intended to investigate and without concluding their investigation, they withdrew someone’s certificate.”
“For instance, Professor Tunde Fatunde was interdicted by the institution management for been rude to a registrar (Mr. Akin Lewis).
Speaking further , Nasir said, “The last visit of the Governor to the institution was in year 2009. And according to the law of the university, it stipulates that the visitor to the institution must visit once at maximum every five years.
“And since the commencement of the various crises in LASU, the visitor (Governor Babatunde Fashola) has failed to visit the institution to address the issues. He must do this in order to address the issues rocking the institution.
“And he has less than six months to do this. If he failed to do this on time, he will be leaving the issues rocking the institution for the next governor to handle and that wouldn’t be proper.
“He must constitute a visitation panel even though he couldn’t implement the recommendations made by the panel,” he added.
Vice-Chancellor of LASU denied all the allegations, saying most of the issues raised are pure lies against his administration, and that the union members are part of the long years of the rot on the campus, and so must be prepared to be cleansed.
Obafunwa, who referred to the unionists as blackmailers, said no one has been unduly promoted under his administration and that the certificates claimed to have been withdrawn by the university were actually issued in error, and that the matter could not be swept under the carpet as being advocated by the union.