June 13, 2024

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Unilag VC position not vacant – workers unions

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Four labour Unions of the University of Lagos have condemned the
purported removal of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin
Ogundipe, by the governing council, describing it as unjust and
illegal.
This is contained in a statement jointly issued at the end of a joint
meeting of the four staff unions, on Thursday in Lagos.
The four unions are the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU), the Senior Staff Union of Universities (SSANU), the Non-
Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of
Academic Technologies (NATTS).
The chairmen who signed the resolution include Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Dele Ashiru, Senior Staff
Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Mr Olusola Sowunmi,
Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Mr Ajibade Kehinde, National
Association Academics of Technologies (NAAT), NASU chairman
of College of Medicine (CMUL), Idi-Araba, Mr Tunde Aderibigbe
and SSANU Secretary, CMUL, Mr Ayo Alli.
The unions unanimously condemned the removal.
”Our unions are surprised that a council constituted by law and
chaired by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) could violently and
lawlessly violate the law of the University of Lagos in the said
removal of the vice-chancellor. ”No notification to the vice-chancellor on the allegations against
him, no investigation panel was set up to investigate the
allegations against him, in line with the university’s Act.
”There was also lack of fair hearing, as there was no formal report
from any investigative committee,” they said.
They noted that there was no consideration of the report of an
investigative committee since none was set-up as provided for, in
the institution’s law.
”It is against the foregoing background that the staff unions of the
university condemn in its totality, the purported removal of our
vice-chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; it is illegal, vexatious,
unjust, vindictive and tantamounts to jungle justice.

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