The decision of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) not to allow the Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Dr. Wale Babalakin access to the campus for a scheduled board meeting has raised tension in the university community.
ASUU had, on March 11 this year, at a congress, passed a vote of no confidence on Babalakin and declared him persona non grata on the campus. The Union went ahead to stage a protest round the campus including the main gate and the auditorium.
In a statement Saturday, signed by the branch chairmen, Dr. Dele Ashiru, ASUU said the attention of the union has been drawn to a surreptitious council meeting summoned by Babalakin to hold this week.
He reminded the university community and the general public that the vote of no confidence passed on Dr. Babalakin and the persona non grata based on the cancellation of the convocation ceremonies occasioned by him has not been vacated by the congress.
“Consequently, Dr Wale Babalakin should be advised to rethink his intention of entering the University of Lagos campus as his presence may rupture the long cherished peace and tranquility on our campus.
“Our Union therefore respectfully calls on the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof. Abubakar Rasheed to please rein in Dr Wale Babalakin. He should also be held squarely responsible for any breakdown of law and order which his presence on our campus may create.
“All members of our union in the university have been fully mobilized and put on alert,” the statement said.