The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos branch, has said that it will sue the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, for addressing the institution as Moshood Abiola University (MAULAG) at public functions.
The chairman of the union, Dr Karo Ogbinaka, said this at a news conference tagged, “Wrongful reappointment of Professor Barinemi Fakae as the Vice Chancellor of River State University of Science and Technology,” by the institution’s visitor, the state governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday.
He said: “We have been watching the minister at public functions, addressing UNILAG as MAULAG despite a court order that the name UNILAG should remain, pending proper legislation on the amendment bill that sets up the institution at the National Assembly and, of course, the consideration of the university’s community.”
According to him, the minister had addressed UNILAG as MAULAG at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, but was cautioned but she had refused to desist from this anomaly.
“We are seriously watching her to address UNILAG as MAULAG again, after which we would sue her for contempt of court,” Ogbinaka said.
On River State University of Science and Technology, where the lecturers are currently on an indefinite strike, Ogbinaka said that the national body of ASUU had taken a position and directed that every branch should observe a day solidarity strike to support the agitation of its counterparts in River State.
He stated that the lecturers at RSUST had embarked on indefinite strike due to illegal appointment of Professor Fakae as the vice chancellor despite that the man could not scale through the interview conducted by the Joint Selection Committee presided over by Justice A.G Karibi-Whyte.