Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Gabriel Omonijo, has dragged the management of the institution before the National Industrial Court in Akure over his indefinite suspension.
Omonijo in a suit filed by Funmi Falana and Taiwo Olawanle from Falana and Falana’s Chambers, claimed that his indefinite suspension without pay by the university was illegal and violated the provisions of the Trade Union Act.
Omonijo argued that his suspension did not follow due process as stipulated in the university’s conditions of service which was an embodiment of the Acts that established the institution.
He also argued that the investigative panel that recommended his suspension to the institution was biased based on its prejudiced composition.
He said that his suspension without pay by the university was “wrong and unjust”, claiming that he was only invited in respect of the allegations made in the petition by ASUU to the Minister of Education.
He urged the court to order the university authorities to reinstate him to his status as Senior Lecturer and to pay his “salaries, allowances and entitlements from February 2019 till the judgement is given in this suit”.
He also sought an order restraining the university from further interfering with his rights, privileges, and performance of his duties as the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the FUOYE chapter.