According to reports, the authorities of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, has said that the recent suspension of some lecturers in the institution is not aimed at suppressing the labour unions in the institution.
The lecturers, who were leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, AAUA chapter, were suspended a few weeks ago for allegedly disturbing the peace of the institution.
The affected ASUU members include the chairman of the institution’s branch of ASUU, Dr. Sola Fayose; the immediate past Chairman, Dr. Busuyi Mekusi; Vice-Chairman, Dr. Dorcas Alase, and Assistant Secretary of the union, Dr. Sola Olorunfemi, as well as one ex-officio member.
In a statement issued by the Registrar of the institution, Mr. Michael Ayeerun, on Monday, the institution said that it took the action as part of its routine administrative procedure aimed at restoring sanity and order.
The statement read in part, “The suspended lecturers were disciplined because they went round the campus disrupting normal academic activities, and prevented others from carrying out their assigned academic and administrative duties and not because they were mostly members of the executives of the local chapter of the ASUU, as being insinuated in some quarters.
“They were suspended in line with the extant laws of the university after a head of department and a dean of faculty wrote to the management alleging physical and verbal assaults on them and the disruption of their departmental and faculty board meetings by the suspended lecturers.”