According to report, more revelations have emerged in the ongoing battle between some principal officers and lecturers of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin.
It was revealed that behind the queries and supremacy fight going on in the university were issues bothering on alleged financial mismanagement.
Aside alleged inflation of contract works for repairs, the residence of a former principal officer of the institution was allegedly renovated with over N20 million.
Dr. Babalakin, who reportedly got wind of the issues through insiders in the bursary department, was said to have confronted the principal officers.
Newsmen reported that the Registrar of UNILAG, Oladejo Azeez, gave queries to some management workers and lecturers of the university on the instruction of the Governing Council’s Chairman.
Azeez, who is the current secretary to the Governing Council, was said to be acting on the instruction of Dr. Babalakin.
The registrar was also served a query by the VC after he issued a statement against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which criticized the council chairman for the statement. He was accused of ursuping the VC, whom he was supposed to be reporting to.
“All the queries did not bother on money; they were in different dimensions. There were those questioned on procedural errors and jumping of protocols. They took about N20m to renovate a house that had been built. The man saw all the records and decided to start asking questions about how university funds are being spent,” a source stated.
The ASUU Chairman of the university, Dr. Dele Ashiru, said the union was not against the fight against corruption, adding that ASUU was only opposed to lack of due process.
“If anybody is corrupt, our union will support legitimate attempts to deal with such people. But everybody must act within the confines of the law. No one individual can be the accuser, investigator, prosecutor, judge and executioner. Our nation will stand in principled opposition against it, no matter the blackmail,” Ashiru stated.
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