The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has alleged that some vice chancellors of public universities are mismanaging the institutions put in their care as well as victimizing lecturers in their institutions.
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, made the claims in an interview on Saturday.
Within the last few months, there have been reports of dismissal of some ASUU members in some universities, while some vice-chancellors proscribed union’s activities.
Making a subtle reference to some of the cases, Ogunyemi said ASUU had written to the Federal Government on several occasions detailing the extent of the purported abuse of power exhibited by some of the university administrators.
Ogunyemi noted that if the alleged current situation is not curbed, it may lead to the resumption of an industrial action by ASUU members in all public universities natio0nwide.
He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to dispatch a visitation panel to the various universities to mediate and resolve all lingering issues.
“Some vice chancellors are actually mismanaging their system. We have written to complain about them and when you see crisis coming from the school, for us in ASUU, it is not unexpected,” Ogunyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria.
“That doesn’t augur well for good governance, and that is why we continue to prevail on the government to look into our petition against some vice chancellors and address the issues we raised.
“We have many of these cases coming from some of these campuses, and that is why we are calling on the government, anytime we have the opportunity to douse tension and prevent further decline or breakdown of industrial relations on these campuses.”
Ogunyemi also said the union was worried about the non-inclusion of the university workers’ allowances in the 2019 budget, but expressed optimism that it would be fully paid in the 2020 budget.