From Ahmed Kaigama,Bauchi
Bauchi Zonal Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the National Universities Commission (NUC), Lagos state Governor Babatunde Fasola to as a matter of urgency intervene in the face-off between the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU) and the ASUU Chairman of the university over the increase in school fees.
The Bauchi Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Professor Nanmwa Voncir, stated this while briefing press men in Bauchi, describing the situation as tyranny which has no place in the University system.
Prof. Voncir accused the Vice Chancellor of LASU, Professor John Obafunwa of embarking on a voyage of destroying ASUU branch of institution by silencing the voice of reasoning in that University.
Speaking on behalf of the zonal Coordinator, the Branch Chairman of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) ASUU Dr. Lawal Abubakar, said “You may recall that LASU ASUU embarked on a strike action sometime in 2014, protesting the maladministration of the Vice Chancellor and the imposition of outrageous school fees on already economically distressed parents and students of the University.”
He said it took the intervention of the Lagos state government to get ASUU in the state to suspend the strike action on the 14th of July, 2014, but since then there are open assaults on ASUU leadership and its members by the Vice Chancellor.
Voncir urged the NUC, Lagos state and Federal Governments to call the Vice Chancellor to order or the ASUU may embark on two days solidarity strike action nationwide and boycott all academic activities in the university.
According to him, “The implication is that no PGD student will graduate and as a result the university will stand still. We are therefore, calling on the Federal, Lagos state governments and NUC to urgently intervene to save the situation from degenerating into state of lawlessness.”