In a move synonymous to Nigerian government’s proclamation of IPOB, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has declared University of Ilorin as a terrorist organization.
This is coming on the heels of the sack of the university’s ASUU chairman, Dr. Kayode Afolayan. The embattled ASUU leader is reported to have been sacked because he exposed corrupt practices of the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali.
Read a part of their statement below…
Indeed, the university prides itself in its ability to kill off (members of) staff and students that are connected in any way to ASUU leadership. This hate crime on the part of the university is usually carried out under the guise of uninterrupted academic calendar. Yet, many universities have also maintained a stable academic calendar without destroying union members or their careers. To all intents and purposes, Unilorin has become a terrorist organisation as far as industrial relation is concerned. Prof Ambali took all these to an unprecedented height when in 2015, he smuggled his wife, Dr. Taiwo Ambali, into the university through the temporary appointment route as Lecturer 1. By 2016, less than one year later, she had been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer, when the regulation specifies at least three years before such a promotion could take place. Our branch chairman, Dr. Afolayan, on behalf of the union, signed a letter addressed to the school governing council to look into the infringement against the university Rules and Regulations committed by Prof. Ambali. However, rather than retrace his steps, the outgoing vice-chancellor issued a query to Afolayan alleging that they circulated an unspecified leaflet against the vice-chancellor. On September 21, 2017, the university administration completed another cycle of impunity, lawlessness and disregard for due process with the termination of appointment of Afolayan.
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