UNILORIN LECTURERS GET SUSPENDED FOR ACCUSING VICE CHANCELLOR OF NEPOTISM

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[Kwara]–A faction of the local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ilorin, has accused the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, of nepotism over the inclusion of his wife in the list of promoted academic staffs.

The accusation was made in a letter of protest written by Kayode Afolayan and Solomon Oyelekan, in their capacities as the Chairman and Secretary of a faction of ASUU recognised by the national body but which is ignored by the university management.

In the letter, they insisted that Mrs. Ambali’s initial appointment by the university should have been to the position of Lecturer 2 instead of Lecturer 1, and that she was not in any event due for promotion until after three years of her previous appointment or promotion.

Sequel to the accusation, the University management queried the officials, accusing them of “malicious allegations and publications”. The university followed up with letters to the two officials suspending them from their duties as lecturers.

Reacting to the development, the Zonal Coordinator of the Ibadan Zone of ASUU, Ade Adejumo, condemned the suspension of the officials as an “act of illegality and cowardice”.

“This latest act of illegality and cowardice by the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin is a classic case of corruption fighting back when you fight corruption”, Mr. Adejumo said in a statement.

The Vice-Chancellor has, however, faulted ASUU’s stance on the promotion of his wife and denied the charge of nepotism, as he pointed out that the promotion of any academic staff is the sole responsibility of the Appointment and Promotion Committee, (AP&C), stressing that Mrs. Ambali was duly promoted following legal procedures.

“My wife commenced her career at the University of Maiduguri as a Lecturer II Officer in 2006 and was promoted to Lecturer I in 2009. She later transferred her service to the University of llorin and was recently promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer by the AP&C”, he said.




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