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Barely three weeks after the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its four months strike, leaders of the staff union have been suspended by the university management. The ASUU chairman, Dr Sola Fayose, his predecessor, Dr Busuyi Mekusi, Vice Chairman, Dr Dorcas Alese and Assistant Secretary, Dr. Sola Olorunfemi were, yesterday, suspended for what a management’s source described as “unruly behaviour”.
Others suspended include Investment Secretary, Dr Adedayo Afe, the Welfare Secretary, Dr Bolu Oshodi and a non-executive member whose name could not be ascertained at press time. Some ASUU members claimed the management may have come after their leaders after the union called for the “democratisation of academic positions” in line with the regulations setting up the university.
The union had on October 11, 2016 suspended its action over non-payment of their salary arrears and deductions. As part of the condition to call off the strike, the lecturers gave the Vice Chancellor (VC) a seven-day ultimatum to start the process of electing substantive deans of faculties in accordance with the extant laws setting up the university. The management confirmed the suspension of the ASUU leaders in a statement by the Head of Information, Protocol and Public Relations Unit, Mr Sola Imoru.
The statement said the school Senate, during its emergency meeting after the suspension of the strike, directed all its academics to submit students’ scores and upload same on the university portal within one week. Imoru said: “In utmost disregard for the decision of the Senate, the highest academic organ of the university, some misguided academics disrupted the meetings called in some faculties and departments to carry out the Senate’s decision, assaulted their colleagues, including senior professors, and generally disturbed the peace of the university.”
Imoru said the management had constituted a panel to investigate the matter in order to restore discipline and peace in the institution. To read our earlier story on Adekunle Adekunle University strike suspension, please click here