The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Akure zone has condemned the Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole for allegedly demolishing a residential building belonging to University of Benin.
The union, which claimed that the management of UNIBEN had filed an Appeal against a lower court judgement which favoured the governor, described Oshiomhole’s action as an act of lawlessness.
Besides, ASUU urged the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu to intervene in the crisis between the governor and the university management.
It will be recalled that a State High Court sitting in Benin had ruled in favour of the state government in 2014, as owner of the residential building purportedly belonging to the university.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), ASUU Coordinator, Akure zone, Dr. Alex Odiyi blamed the governor for taking laws into his hands rather than allowing the case to run its course at the appeal court.
Odiyi alleged that the governor was doing this because his days in office are numbered and his real intention is to share these properties among his political associates.
He said the governor had “made seeming overtures to the staff of the university who were affected by his lawless and promised to make amend by compensating those who suffered some losses by his condemnable action.
Odiyi called on the minister of Education to step into the matter and ensure that the university of Benin administration lives up to its responsibility of protecting the property of the university.”
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