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Queries: SSANU Seeks Disclosure, Sanctions For Indicted UNILAG Officers

Main Entrance, University of Lagos (UNILAG). Photo: Guardian Nigeria
Main Entrance, University of Lagos (UNILAG). Photo: Guardian Nigeria

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has asked the authorities of the institution to make a public disclosure of the recent issues in the school.

The union said the reason for the queries given to some principal officers and lecturers should also be made public, adding that the silence of the authorities was doing damage to the brand image of the university.

SSANU, in a statement on Thursday, urged that any officer, who is affected during the investigation, should be punished.

Report revealed that the Registrar of the university, Oladejo Azeez, who is the secretary to the governing council, allegedly gave queries to some management workers and lecturers of the institution on the instruction of the chairman of the council, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

The affected officers included the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; the two Deputy VCs, Folasade Ogunsola and Oluwole Familoni; a former VC, Rahamon Bello; the former Registrar, Taiwo Ipaye; a former DVC, Duro Oni, among others.

Along the line, the Registrar was also served a query by the university VC after he issued a statement against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNILAG chapter, which criticized Babalakin for the queries.

The Registrar was accused of ursurping the authority of the VC, whom he was supposed to be reporting to.

“Suffice to say that queries were given to some principal officers of the university by the Registrar and secretary to the governing council, Azeez Oladejo, acting on the directives of the pro-chancellor and chairman of the council, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

“The administrative act of issuing queries to erring officers is an age-long known tool of ensuring sanity within the university system. That ordinary issues like issuance of queries now became a matter of public consumption to the extent of having such published in global media, is very unfortunate,” the statement said.

“If any officer, however highly placed, has committed infractions which run foul of universally accepted best practices, and injurious to our collective wellbeing, as a community and institution, such an officer should be made to face the full wrath of the law, and in accordance with extant rules, as enshrined in our statues and laws of the land,” the statement added.

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