*says due process not followed
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH), branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday faulted Governor Seyi Makinde’s step aside order handed down to the Institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Olufisayo Ologunde.
ASUU in a statement jointly signed by its LAUTECH branch Chairperson, Dr Biodun Olaniran, and Secretary, Dr‘Toyin Abegunrin disclosed that the said step aside order was against the extant laws of the University.
Expressing shock at the step aside of Professor Ologunde, ASUU noted that the order ” violated the provisions of the University Miscellaneous Act as amended, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology law 2020 and the University conventions”.
” The Union received with shock, the press release dated 16th April, 2021, emanating from the office of the Hon. Commissioner for Education of Oyo State, asking the Vice-Chancellor to step aside”, it said
ASUU added, “based on the content of the press release, a congress of the Union was held on Monday (19/04/2021) and resolved as follows: that the Union expresses its displeasure at the said press release because it violated the provisions of the University Miscellaneous Act as amended, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology law 2020 and the University conventions;”.
According to the union, ” if there is any perceived misdemeanour on the part of any officer appointed by the law in the University, due process according to the law must be followed to address such”.
ASUU stressed in the statement that while it ” acknowledges the power of the Visitor to hire and fire on one part, such power is premised on the recommendation of the governing council according to the extant laws; adding that as ” at today, the governing council has not been properly constituted in line with law of the University”, saying, “our Union therefore, requests that, to maintain industrial harmony on campus and the on-going restoration of the image of the University, the above resolutions should be considered with the necessary urgency.”