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Crisis Brews In UNILAG Over Babalakin’s Query To Academic Staff

Dr. Wale Babalakin. Photo: Wikipedia
Dr. Wale Babalakin. Photo: Wikipedia

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter, has again accused the chairman of the university’s Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin, of being dictatorial and engaging in illegality in the administration of the university.

In the union’s letter to the members and signed by Dele Ashiru, Chairman ASUU UNILAG chapter, said it has received complaints from seven lecturers who were issued queries by the Registrar of the institution, Oladejo Azeez, on the instruction of Babalakin.

According to the union, some lecturers received queries signed by the Registrar on why they embarked on duly approved trips. The lecturers were also asked in the letter to submit their responses to the council chairman directly.

“Our fears that a vicious, vindictive and meddlesome leviathan is at the head of the University of Lagos Council has sadly been confirmed.

“Our union has received an avalanche of complaints from members who are in receipts of “queries” most recklessly and illegally authorized by the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Babalakin through the Registrar,” part of the letter stated.

“ASUU has, therefore, advised the concerned lecturers to immediately contact the union for proper guidance and further actions. The union assured its members that it would stop at nothing to resist what is described as creeping tyranny and looming anarchy.

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    The attention of the Registry has been drawn to the circular issued by Dr. Dele Ashiru, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos Branch on 2nd May, 2019. In the said release, the Union accused the Council of the University of Lagos of tyranny because Council sought explanation for certain activities and expenditure in the University.

    The notice did not identify any specific laws or regulation of the University that was violated by the Council. The office of the Registrar would be glad to receive the specific law or rule of the University that was breached to enable us pass it to Council.

    It is noteworthy that on previous occasions within the tenure of this Council, ASUU has issued notices criticizing the Council for taking certain steps, and in all these occasions, ASUU was not right. For example, when ASUU issued a statement that the meeting between Council and the Senate was unprecedented in the history of our University, it turned out to be wrong because previous Councils under Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, and Deacon Gamaliel Onosode had also had similar meetings with the Senate.

    Similarly, ASUU issued a statement condemning the non-confirmation of Prof. Olowokudejo as a Distinguished Professor as an unprecedented violation of the academic autonomy of the University. Again, the statement turned out to be very wrong as it is clearly provided in the University of Lagos Act 1967 that the Council is the approving authority for all honours to be conferred by the University.
    It is unbelievable that the same ASUU that approached/and appealed to the Pro-Chancellor to confirm Olowokudejo’s appointment as a Distinguished Professor outside plenary after Council had taken a decision to step down his appointment in plenary is now making a case that the Chairman of Council cannot act for Council outside plenary. A paramount cornerstone for proper learning is intellectual honesty and consistency.
    We urge ASUU to remember that the University of Lagos is a centre of learning where the pursuit of knowledge is very paramount. There is nothing worse than the tyranny of ignorance.
    Oladejo Azeez, Esq.
    Registrar and Secretary to Council, University of Lagos


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