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ASUU flays Obaseki for running state-owned varsity without governing board
The Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has flayed the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for running the state-owned institution, Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma without a governing council.
Addressing journalists in Benin, the Coordinator, ASUU Benin Chapter, Prof. Fred Esumeh, described running a university without governing board, as alien to the university system and administration globally.
He alleged that the crisis in the institution was largely due to poor funding and mismanagement of the university’s resources especially its inability to meet its obligation of payments of staff emoluments regularly.
Esumeh said, “The Benin Zone of ASUU is seriously disturbed by these developments and is in contact with its national leadership to call the attention of the NUC in particular, and other relevant authorities to the academic fraud going on in AAU.”
The coordinator called on stakeholders to prevail on Governor Godwin Obaseki to do the needful and restore the institution to its past glory.
He appealed to Governor Obaseki to jettison the system he introduced to the state university by constituting a governing council and abrogate the Special Intervention Team (SIT) law.
Esumeh also urged the governor to pay outstanding salaries, check-off sues and other deductions to avoid the continuation of local strikes when the national strike is called off.