The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Lagos State University (LASU) chapter has demanded the immediate reopening of the institution for academic activities.
The union, at a media briefing, faulted the closure of the university by the management and made a passionate appeal to the Governing Council to direct the reopening of LASU.
Addressing newsmen alongside his exco and some members, the ASUU-LASU chairman, Dr. Adekunle Idris, insisted the vote of no confidence passed by the congress against the Vice Chancellor, Prof John Obafun remained.
The ASUU boss warned on plans by the university management to use the students against the staff unions and pleaded with parents to monitor their wards to avoid them being used.
Dr. Idris said the reason given by the management for the closure of the university was wrong, noting “it is over three weeks after the general elections, why have they not reopened LASU. It was only LASU out of other tertiary institutions in the state that was closed for elections. Now that the polls are over, let them open the university.”
According to him, after the staff unions chased away Prof Obafunwa on Monday, March 16, academic staff continued their normal duties unabated but the management without Senate’s approval declared a recess for both staff and students while no date of resumption was stated.
His words: “Till date, over three weeks after the illegal recess was declared, the university administration has kept our students at home. It is now seven days after the general elections.”
‘’The union maintains that declaring an open-ended recess and aborting academic activities without Senate approval is illegal in a university system. Worse still, declaring a recess for the purpose of elections when all other universities in the country remained in session including other Lagos state owned institutions in unexplainable.
‘’Since the elections ended Saturday, April 11, 2015, we have lost another week of academic activities without any pronouncement of a resumption date. The union is disturbed by this disregard for the academic calendar of a university, which will automatically affect the quality of graduates to be produced.
We, therefore, urge all stakeholders and the general public to appeal to the authorities to re-open the university for academic activities to resume immediately. The government should also resume genuine dialogue with all staff unions in the university’’, he stressed.
The ASUU chairman also revealed that the university administration is trying to lure students into the matter between the workers and Prof Obafunwa.
He further maintained that academic staff has no confidence in the leadership of Prof Obaafunwa and cannot work with him and demanded that he proceed on his terminal leave while acting VC should be appointed to run the university.

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