By Sakin Babalola,Ibadan
The Ibadan Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has hailed a Judgment of the National Industrial Court, Akure which nullified the sacking of two ASUU executives by the University of Ilorin.
ASUU Chairman, Dr Kayode Afolayan and Secretary Solomon Oyelekan were illegally sacked by the authorities at the University of Ilorin on September 19, 2017.
After a year legal tussle, the court presided over by Justice Abiola Adewemimo flawed University of Ilorin for terminating the appointment of the ASUU executives without following due process and the rules of the Institution.
The Judge also lampooned the institution for violating the rights of the respondent to fair hearing declaring the action of the university as oppressive, dictatorial, tyrannical and a miscarriage of justice.
she ordered the immediate reinstatement of the sacked lecturers and the payment of their entitlements to date and other benefits which they are entitled to.
Reacting to the Judgement, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr Ade Adejumo and Chairman of the University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole described the rulling as a victory against tyranny and terrorism by the university of Ilorin administration.
According to the Duo, ASUU as a law abiding union opted for the law-courts instead of taking laws into their hands.
the ASUU Comrades noted that by sacking the lecturers unjustly the University has inflicted emotional and psychological trauma on their members but thanked the court for upholding the truth and nipping the tyrannical decisions at UNILORIN in the bud.
“The judge ordered that the duo of Afolayan and Solomon Oyelekan be reinstated with full benefits and they must not suffer any monetary loss/promotion and seniority as a consequence of the purported dismissal.
“They must be paid the balance of their half salaries during suspension and full salaries, all allowances and other benefits from the day of purported dismissal till date. Dr Afolayan and Oyelekan were also awarded a sum of five hundred thousand naira each by the court for aggravated damages caused by the purported dismissal of by the University of Ilorin authority The university shall pay interest of 20% on the judge sum until totally liquidated.
“The University of Ilorin administration was berated for recklessly violating its own laws and the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria on the ASUU leaders fundamental human rights to fare hearing. The therefore awarded a cost one hundred thousand again unilorin administration as legal costs”