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ASUU laments non-recall of sacked lecturers as ordered by Obaseki

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
14 April 2023   |   3:44 am
Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma chapter, yesterday, raised concerns over the refusal of the university authority to recall sacked lecturers despite the directive of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for their recall.

Ambrose Alli University (AAU)

Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma chapter, yesterday, raised concerns over the refusal of the university authority to recall sacked lecturers despite the directive of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for their recall.

Chairman of the union, Dr. Cyril Onogbosele, and Assistant Secretary, Dr. William Odion, said the body was constrained to inform members of the university community, Edo State Government and the general public of the refusal of the Special Intervention Team (SIT) of the university to withdraw letters of disengagement issued to two of its members on March 10.

He said the union is appalled and worried about the defiance of SIT against the state government that letters of disengagement and retirement served on Dr. Jude Obasanmi (Department of Economics) and Prof. Eunice Omonzejie (Department of Modern Languages), respectively, are illegal, null and void.” It said: “At the meeting of the Visitor to the University and Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, with stakeholders on March 16, 2023, the governor reaffirmed the earlier position of the state government that he did not authorise the disengagement of staff members of the university.

“The defiance and impunity displayed so far by the university authorities over the disengagement letters that are not sanctioned by Edo State Government are disturbing.

“The union is worried that contrary to government’s stance, the Head of the Department (HoD) of Economics, where one of the disengaged members, Dr. Jude Obasanmi, works, has brazenly enforced the disengagement letter to the extent of denying him access to his office and re-allocating his courses to other lecturers. Efforts to make the HoD respect the stance of higher authorities on the matter have proved abortive.”

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