Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University (LASU) chapter, has called for a probe into a N5 million allegedly committed by a senior official to facilitate processing of results by the university’s Senate.
ASUU wants Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the vice chancellor, to investigate the N5 million allegedly collected by a former Assistant Director, School of Part-time Studies.
In a petition with reference no. LASU/GS/16/268 dated March 26, the academic staff members are asking the authorities to launch an investigation into the matter without further delay.
The union alleged that the N5 million was collected by the former director from the vice chairman of the then Anthony Campus of the institution.
According to ASUU, a panel under the chairmanship of Prof. Murtada Muhibbu-Din was set up under the administration of Professor Abdul-Lateef Hussein, a former vice chancellor, in 2005 to probe the activities of the part-time school and had submitted its findings.
“The vice chairman of the Anthony Campus, Mr C. Ochonogor, during the visit of the panel on May 10, 2006 had alleged that Dr. Abanikannda as the assistant director of the campus made a lot of financial demands to do one thing or the other.
“Ochonogor unequivocally mentioned the case of N5 million collected in cash by Dr. Abanikannda to give to the LASU Senate to facilitate the consideration and approval of results.
“Eventually, the results were not presented to the Senate and the money was not refunded.
“The vice chairman, for emphasis, told the panel that the Anthony Campus had three sets of final year students who could not graduate even after the collection of the N5 million,” the union said.
According to ASUU-LASU, the former assistant director in question had admitted collecting the said sum in cash during an interrogation from the panel and the panel recommended refund of the sum.
It insisted that such demand for money to facilitate the Senate’s processing of students’ results was against the university’s rules, as it was the statutory duty of the Senate to do so.
“We urge Vice Chancellor, Prof. Fagbohun, while being passionate on clearing backlog of misappropriation cases of such, to use his good offices for proper investigation and conclusion of the case.
“This is because members of the university community continue to refer to this matter at every instance when staff members are disciplined,” ASUU said in the petition.
Adekoya Martins, the university’s spokesman, confirmed the receipt of the petition by the management.
Martins said the issue happened long before the present administration and might have been disposed of by the university council.
He said a critical examination of the petition showed that the case had gone from one sub-committee to another before it reached the council.
LASU Governing Council had on September 8, 2017 approved the dismissal of Isaac Oyewunmi, ASUU-LASU chairman; Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, his deputy; and 15 others.
It also dismissed two other non-academic staff over what it called misconduct and malpractice.
According to the university council, Oyewunmi was dismissed for allegedly demanding N50,000 from 2003 modular year students of political science education of the sandwich programme to process their results.
The council claimed Adeyemi-Suenu unilaterally altered the results of 12 students already advised to withdraw by the Senate in the Department of History and International Studies in the 2015/2016 academic session.
Others were accused of defaulting on the conditions precedent on their training leave bond and abandonment of duty.