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ASUU-AAU Calls For Sack Of Management, Demands Neutral Governing Council

AS the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is said to be shortlisting the membership of a new Governing Council of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has called for a neutral, competent and experienced Governing Council for the state-owned University.


ASUU also cautioned that any attempt by the visitor to the state University to appoint a governing council that is not neutral, competent and experienced in university administration may exacerbate the crises presently rocking the University.

These were contained in a press statement issued by the University’s Chapter of ASUU and made available to journalists in Benin City on Sunday.

In the statement signed by Dr. Cyril Onogbosele and Dr. Willam Odion, the Chairman and Assistant Secretary of ASUU, AAU, Ekpoma Chapter respectively, the Union advised the State Government to be guided by the University’s Law and the relevant rules and regulations on membership of a Governing Council, especially in relation to academic qualification and relevant experience.

The Union stated, “As a result, no member of the present controversial, expired and discredited Special Intervention Team (SIT) of the University should make membership of the Governing Council expected to be constituted for the University by the Visitor.

“It would amount to robbing the proposed new Governing Council of neutrality if any member of the SIT is included in the new Governing Council.

“The present University Management led by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Asomwan Sonnie Adagbonyin who has acted for more than two years (Since February 2022) in clear violation of the University’s law, rules and regulations should also give way to a new crop of principal officers.

“This will strengthen the credibility, neutrality and fairness required of both the University Management and Governing Council by staff, students and other stakeholders of the University”, the Union stated.

ASUU also stated that the Union’s statement was informed by the recent titbits about expected announcement of a governing council for the University by Edo State Government.

“Specifically, we wish to maintain that the minimum academic qualification for membership of a university Governing Council is a university bachelor’s degree and vast knowledge of university governance and administration, particularly for a chairman of a governing council”.

The Union called for independence of the proposed Governing Council and cautioned that undue government interference would make rubbish of the relevance of the Governing Council and fester the present crises facing the University.

The Union further insisted that in order to restore lasting industrial peace and harmony to the University, all outstanding salaries of staff should be paid while cases of staff victimisation, repression and undue termination of appointments with the University should be dispassionately addressed and resolved.

The Union however concluded by reminding the visitor to the University that the problem of funding is undisputably central to the crises facing the institution and urged the State Government to as a matter of urgency restore adequate monthly subvention to the University for recurrent expenditure and release the budgetary capital allocation of the University.

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