The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has hailed judgment of the National Industrial Court (NIC), Akure, which nullified the sacking of two executive members of the union by the University of Ilorin.
Two executive members of ASUU, Kayode Afolayan, Chairman and Solomon Oyelekan, Secretary, were sacked by the authorities at the University of Ilorin on September nineteen, 2017.
After a year of legal tussle, the court presided over by Justice Abiola Adewemimo, faulted the action of the University for terminating the appointment of the ASUU executives without following due process and the rules of the institution.
The Judge also chided the institution for violating the rights of the respondent to fair hearing, declaring the action of the university as oppressive, dictatorial, and tyrannical and a miscarriage of justice.
The presiding judge also ordered the immediate reinstatement of the sacked lecturers and the payment of their entitlements to date and other benefits which they are entitled to.
While reacting to the judgement yesterday, the duo of Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Ade Adejumo and Chairman of the University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, described the ruling as a victory against tyranny and terrorism by the University of Ilorin administration, stating that ASUU as a law abiding union opted for the law-courts instead of taking laws into their hands.
According to them, by sacking the lecturers unjustly the University has inflicted emotional and psychological trauma on their members, but lauded the court for upholding the truth and nipping the tyrannical decisions at UNILORIN in the bud.
He said that 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 by the University of Ilorin authority. He mentioned that the university shall pay interest of twenty per cent on the judgment sum until totally liquidated.
The judge identified that the University was berated for recklessly violating its own laws and the constitution on the ASUU leader’s fundamental human rights to fair hearing. He said that the Court therefore awarded a cost of one hundred thousand naira against the University as legal cost.