BY SAMUEL OJO
The University of Lagos branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is vehemently opposed to the activities of the Pro Chancellor of the University, Dr. Wale Babalakin.
That, amongst other resolutions, was the outcome of an emergency congress by the branch on the University campus after which the academic staff proceeded on a peaceful protest.
According to the chairman of the branch, Dr. Dele Ashiru, the purpose of the meeting was to brief its members on the resolutions reached at the National Executive Council meeting of the union at which the two-week warning strike embarked upon was declared.
Commenting on the strike, Dr. Ashiru said that the level of compliance in the institution was total and comprehensive in line with the directive of the national body.
The strike was hinged on the Federal government’s failure to implement the agreements contained in the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding, amongst other issues.
However, things took a different turn as upon closing the meeting, the union members embarked on a march round the University in protest against the activities of the Pro Chancellor of the institution, Dr. Wale Babalakin following the recent suspension of the 2019/2020 convocation ceremonies of the University of Lagos due to a disagreement between the varsity management and the Pro-Chancellor.
Dr. Dele Ashiru, speaking on behalf of the union members kicked vehemently against Dr. Babalakin’s moves as according to them, the Pro Chancellor was only acting in his selfish interest.
The ASUU chairman said “it is in defence of the academic integrity of the University of Lagos we took resolution in congress based on the many infractions of Olawale Babalakin as Pro Chancellor of the University of Lagos and today we have said enough is enough”.
He went further to say that Babalakin had cost the University of Lagos its reputation, its image and was challenging the integrity and sanctity of the scholarship emanating from the institution.
Dr. Ashiru reeled out many allegations against the Pro Chancellor, part of which was Dr. Babalakin’s imposition of a member of council, labelling him as being highhanded.
“On account of all of these infractions, we have today decided that beginning from now, Bolanle Olawale Babalakin ceases to be the Pro Chancellor of this great institution”, said Ashiru.