LASU promotes 377 staff, sacks 8 others

Olanrewaju Fagbohun, LASU Vice-Chancellor

The Governing Council of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo on Thursday has sacked eight members of staff, including five academics and three non-academics, over various allegations.

In its meeting that ended late Thursday evening, the Council also promoted 377 members of staff while also warning an erring lecturer against further misdemeanour.

Among the promoted were thirty-one (31) academic staff members and three hundred and forty-six (346) non-academics.

The academics were eleven associate professors elevated to professors, and fourteen senior lecturers who are now associate professors. Five lecturers in the rank of Lecturer 1 are now senior lecturers while one Lecturer II is now in the Lecturer 1 rank.

One hundred and twenty-five (125) senior non-academics and two hundred and twenty-one (221) junior non-academics were also promoted to senior ranks.

Lecturers sacked for revealing official documents

Three lecturers were sacked for alleged complicity in the revelation of official documents to the public.

This is following the consideration of the report of the Joint Council/Senate Disciplinary Committee, and the Joint Council (Administrative and Technical Staff) Disciplinary Committee, which recommended the dismissal of the officials.

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The lecturers were executive members of the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

They are Oluwakemi Abodunrin-Shonibare, Anthony Dansu, and Adeolu Oyekan.

The trio were axed for being in possession of confidential documents. In addition, the last two were penalised for “infractions arising from the interviews granted to online media platforms.”

Dr Abodunrin-Shonibare, an associate professor in African Languages, Literature and Communication Arts department was ASUU LASU Treasurer.

Dr Dansu was the union secretary and Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Kinetics, Sports and Health Education while Dr Oyekan is ASUU Assistant Secretary and Lecturer 1, Department of Philosophy.

Meanwhile, the union’s financial secretary, Hamzat Edu, a lecturer 1 at the Department of Islamic and International Law, who was also subject to the probe was warned. The allegation levelled against him bothered on divided loyalty to the university. recalls that in October 2017, LASU’s Governing Council  dismissed the chairman and vice chairman of the union – Dr Isaac Akinloye Oyewunmi and Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, along with 14 others for various related offences too.

Others sacked for fraud, negligence

Two other lecturers lecturers sacked for unrelated matters are Mr Kehinde Coker and Dr Henry Gbelee.

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Until their dismissal, Coker was Lecturer 1, Department of Religions; while Gbelee was Lecturer 1, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

According to LASU spokesperson, Mr Ademola Adekoya, Gbelee was investigated on allegation of absence from duty without permission, and found culpable.

The Council therefore dismissed him and directed that he pays back the sum of salaries erroneously paid to him while on six months approved Leave of Absence from 1st April to 30th September, 2016 within Two [2] months to the university.

The sum is One Million, Six Hundred and Thirty – Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifteen Naira, Fifty Kobo (N1, 635,715:50).

If he failed to refund it, the university intends to sue him towards the funds recovery.

Mr Coker was found culpable of selling marks to pass two students in the Department of English, Miss Motunrayo Lawal and Mr Afolabi Bello.

The three non-academics affected by the Council decision were Oladapo Akinyemi, Alaba Odu and Wasiu Busari.

Mr Akinyemi, an engineer with the Works and Physical Planning Unit of LASU was dismissed for abandoning his duty.

For Mrs Odu of the Faculty of Science, she was found to have falsified her May/Jun 1990 and 1999 WAEC results.

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Mr Busari of the Security Unit was found culpable for receiving bribe “to pervert the course of justice and false claims against the Vice-Chancellor”.

The university authorities said all these individuals were dismissed from its services with immediate effect.

Some three other non-academic staff members were variously surcharged for negligence of duty while one other was exonerated of allegations levelled against him.
The Joint Council/Senate (Academic) Disciplinary Committee and the Joint Council (Administrative and Technical Staff) Disciplinary Committee which heard the cases said it strictly followed all laid down procedures, and duly gave opportunity to the individuals involved to defend themselves.

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