ASUU-LASU member, Odion-Akhaine tells dismissed executives to step down
Two executive members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University (LASU) branch, who were dismissed alongside 13 others by the school’s governing council for various alleged infractions, have been advised to exit the association and the institution peacefully.
A member of the union, Dr. Sylvester Odion-Akhaine, gave the advice yesterday after the ASUU-LASU zonal congress, which ended in rancour. The Guardian learnt that while members of the ASUU-LASU community were of the view that the indicted officers step aside, the zonal leadership of the union insisted they stay and fight back. This, however, brought chaos and disorderliness during the congress, as the zonal leadership’s position was contrary to that of the congress.
The governing council had about a week ago dismissed the chairman of ASUU-LASU, Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi and his deputy, Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, among 13 others for various offences.
While Oyewunmi, a senior lecturer in the Department of Kinetics, Sports and Health Education, was accused of demanding N50,000 from 2003 modular year students of political science education, Adeyemi-Suenu was accused of misconduct and falsification of students’ results. But Oyewunmi had in an earlier interview with The Guardian vowed to fight back.
Rather than causing chaos and disrupting the relative peace in the university community, Odion-Akhaine advised the affected executives to appeal to the governing council or go to any court of competent jurisdiction if they suspect foul play in the judgment.
His words: “To save the image of our union, the indicted officers should step aside. If they feel there is any miscarriage of justice, they should seek all avenues that are available for remediation. One of them is appealing to the governing council and secondly, going to any court of competent jurisdiction. There is still a window to appeal and it is still open.”