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ASUU kicks as UNILAG suspends convocation over power tussle

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has condemned in totality the suspension of the u51st Convocation of the University of Lagos, Akoka over power tussle by the governing council.

Unilag convocation ceremony was earlier slated for next Monday to Thursday before it was suspended by the Ministry of Education through the directive of the Unilag Governing Council.

ASUU Chairman, UNILAG branch, Dr Dele Ashiru, said the suspension was due to the disagreement between the varsity management and the Pro-Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin.

Ashiru explained that Babalakin had written to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to say he was not carried along in the convocation programme.

The minister was said to have written the National Universities Commission and the varsity was asked to suspend the programme.

The ASUU said, “Our union condemns in the strongest terms the unilateral postponement of the convocation of the University of Lagos based on the overbloated ego of the pro-chancellor. It is indeed worrisome that the Ministry of Education will accede to an evil demand to postpone the convocation of a first-generation university on the complaints of a man who only wants his ego to be massaged.”

Meanwhile  the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke in a statement on Thursday noted that the management regretted the inconvenience the development might cause the fresh graduates and their families.

The Vice-Chancellor of the varsity, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, had on Monday announced that 13,489 graduates would receive degrees, diplomas and certificates at the convocation.

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