The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday described the reinstatement of the chairman and secretary of the union at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) as a very big victory to justice.
According to Daily Post, the appointments of the chairman and secretary of ASUU, UNILORIN branch, Dr. Kayode Afolayan and Dr. Solomon Oyelekan were illegally dismissed by the administration of the immediate past VC, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali on the 19th of September, 2017.
After one year of legal battle, the National Industrial Court sitting in Akure presided over by Justice Abiola Adewemimo on Tuesday declared the termination as illegal.
However, LAUTECH ASUU chairman and Secretary, Dr. Biodun Olaniran and Dr. Toyin Abegunrin while reacting, described the reinstatement as a big victory to justice.
“After a year legal battle and attendant hardships including psychological and emotional trauma meted on the duo of Dr. Kayode Afolayan and Dr. Solomon Oyelekan, the NIC sitting in Akure and presided over by Justice Abiola Adewemimo has declared the termination of the appointments as illegal and therefore reinstated the two officers.
“The reinstatement of the affected officers by a court of competent jurisdiction is a big victory to justice which is being perpetually perverted at the University of Ilorin. It is a big victory for ASUU too.
“It also serves as a big signal to University administrators who have become dictators that it doesn’t take the truth a moment to uncover lies of any age. Our university administrators in the shoes of Prof. Alkali, who have become dictatorial in their conduct of victimizing law abiding officers of their Universities should learn from this judgement.
“Our members are also being called upon to be abiding to the principles and regulations of the Union irrespective of whatever we are passing through.
“ASUU is a law abiding association that always stay with its members who are law abiding. Whatever injustice or victimization any member is suffering at any level, the union is always there pursuing the course of injustice within the ambient of the law. Aluta continua Victoria ascerta,” they stated.
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