Tertiary

LASU Lecturers Petition Gov. Ambode Over Diversion of Staff Pension

Main Entrance, LASU. Photo: The Nation
Main Entrance, LASU. Photo: The Nation

Following reports that revealed how the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun and the Pro Chancellor of the university, Adebayo Ninalowo, allegedly diverted N198 million from the staff pension fund of the institution, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) LASU chapter, has written a petition to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to probe the university management.

 

According to reports, ASUU chapter of the university said the intervention of the governor is imperative at this time to put an end to the alleged illegalities and arbitrariness prevalent in the university.

 

In a letter dated May 13, 2019, signed by the secretary of the ASUU LASU chapter, Tony Dansu and his deputy, Adeola Oyekan, ASUU said it was the 29th letter it had written to Gov. Ambode in the last 26 months, adding that the governor has failed to act on any of the previous letters.

 

The union revealed how the management of the institution diverted a whooping sum of N198 million out of the N689 million it illegally withdrew from an escrow to purchase 12 luxury vehicles under the guise of using the fund toward the accreditation of some academic programs in the university which contained the contributory pension of the university’s employees.

 

 

“We are aware that the personal limits of the Vice Chancellor and the Pro Chancellor are N5 million and N20 million respectively.

 

“From the records displayed, the executive approval made for expenditure under contention were N215 million and N474 million (N689 million) before the Governing Council Post purchase approval were approved one after the other.

 

“The second tranche was not discussed with the finance and General Purpose Committee of the Governing Council contrary to the regulation,” the letter reads in part.

 

The lecturers, therefore, called on Gov. Ambode to set up a visitation panel to look into “the increasing level of lawlessness” in the university.

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