There was wild jubilation at the main campus of the Lagos State University on Wednesday after the institution’s governing council approved the reinstatement of five sacked union leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
According to Daily Sun, the LASU governing council took the decision following the recommendations of the Appeal Committee headed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adenike Boyo.
The reinstated union leaders include ASUU-LASU chairman, Dr. Akinloye Isaac Oyewumi; Vice chairman, Dr. Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu; Secretary, Dr. Anthony Dansu; Assistant Secretary, Dr. Adeolu Oluwaseyi Oyekan and Treasurer, Dr. Oluwakemi Aboderin-Shonibare.
The Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo-led governing council — under the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun — had sacked the five ASUU-LASU leaders on allegations which included “unauthorised removal, retention and dissemination or publication of official confidential documents” in September 2017 and September , 2019.
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The decision at the time attracted criticisms from the rights groups who accused the Fagbohun-led administration of victimisation of the affected lecturers.
To address the issue, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello upon her assumption of office as Vice Chancellor, set up a committee headed by Prof. Dapo Asaju to look into labour dispute, especially the case of the embattled ASUU-LASU leaders.
Upon the recommendations of the Appeal Committee, the Sir David Sunmoni-led governing council at a meeting on Wednesday approved the reinstatement of the five affected lecturers.