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LASU Crisis: Fashola Urges Staff Unions To Sheathe Sword

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 5:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase, Lagos


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has on Thursday urged staff union of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo to sheathe their sword and embrace peace  to give way for re-opening of the university which has been shut for over six weeks now.

Fashola made the plea on Thursday while rendering his stewardship account of 2900 days in office at the LTV Blue Roof Alausa, stressing that the crisis in LASU is internal and should be solved internally.

He added that the unions are dictating to government who employed them who to sack and who to appoint as the Vice Chancellor, adding that if one look at the history of the university problems always arises whenever a Vice Chancellor is about to end his or her tenure.

“If you look at the history of LASU, whenever a VC’s tenure is ending that is when one crisis or the other arises. Why should I throw away somebody if he is good just because you want to become the Vice Chancellor or you don’t like that person?

“The law that I met said a VC can serve for two terms, if he finishes his first term we advertise his position and if he is willing to re-apply and he does the examinations and the interviews and he passes, why should I reject him,” he queried.

According to him, “It is only in this part of the world that governor is called upon to intervene in university’s crisis, it is not suppose to be so, that is why we have Vice Chancellor and the Governing Council to oversee the affairs of the institution, ”

The Governor however called on the unions to sheathe their sword and be part of the solution in the university not the problem, adding that Nigerians wants an improvement and change but not everybody that wants to be part of the change.

“The union should allow the school to re-open so that the students can go back to school. This is not their work, they are employed so that they can teach our students and not calling for someone’s removal,” he added.