Following the outbreak of the crisis that the Lagos State Universiy (LASU), recently, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday, May 5, said the crunch was caused by the various staff unions in the university and some students.
Speaking on the issue, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education Otunba Fatai Olukoga, revealed this at the yearly ministerial press briefing of the Ministry of Education. He noted that unionists in the university have overbearing attitudes and had been fueling the crisis in the university.
Olukoga said the relevant stakeholders need to talk to lecturers, students and management of the university on the need to eschew bickering, saying unless they go back and agree amongst themselves to put the interest of the institution first, the school will not be reopened.
Leadership quoted him as saying: “LASU was established by law, which gave the management, the Governing Council Board to run the university. When there is a problem that they cannot resolve, that is when it is brought to the governor for him to intervene.
“We don’t just dabble into LASU crisis because we have a statutory Governing Council that is competent and capable to handle matters of the university.
“The crisis in LASU is that, you cannot dictate to your employer to sack anybody. When they came that they don’t want the Vice Chancellor, we said, look, it is wrong for you to say that we should send the VC parking.
“Imagine if you run a company by yourself and somebody you employed, wakes up one day and says you should sack the MD, or somebody who the CEO employed and the person rose from the rank and he got there because he’s a unionist and then he got there and he says sack the CEO. I think we have to have a rethink.
“The problem of LASU is just overbearance of our unions. Both the lecturers, the management and the students really need to be talked to.
“So the delay in opening the school is the fault of LASU Union and Students Union, unless they go back and have a sense of reasoning before the school will be reopened,”
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