ASUU, UNILORIN 49+ FOUNDATION, OTHERS HAIL SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT IN OBAYAN VS UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN, CALL FOR JUDICIAL REFORM
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and other groups have hailed the recent judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Aze Obayan, a professor, versus University of Ilorin which declared the termination of appointment of Ms. Obayan by the University of Ilorin authorities illegal and reinstated her to the University with all her salaries and perquisites.
According to ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, her reinstatement is also a vindication of the struggles of the union and a lesson for other university administrations.
Also hailing the judgment, the Chairman of the UNILORIN 49+ Foundation for Justice, Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju, who was the Chairman of ASUU UNILORIN at the time Ms. Obayan’s appointment was terminated, stated that the judgment must be a cause of joy for all lovers of justice. He also called for sober reflection on the part of UNILORIN and other institutions that tend to abuse their authority.
Ms. Obayan was a Reader (Associate Professor) in the University of Ilorin when her appointment was terminated by the university over an alleged overstay of her overseas leave.
She was later to become the Vice-Chancellor of two Universities, Covenant University, Ota, and Landmark University, Omuaran.
In her reaction over the telephone, Ms. Obayan said she was elated and vindicated by the judgment.
“All glory be to God. I was a victim of politics and acrimony in the University of Ilorin. I properly applied for extension for my leave in the UK and got information that it had been approved. I also found a file copy of the approval, but the University strangely denied issuing it and instead summarily terminated my appointment without any hearing.”