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UNILORIN Suspends 2 Lecturers

The management and Governing Council of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) have suspended and issued suspension letters to two of its lecturers over alleged insubordination.

The affected lecturers, Kayode Afolayan and Dr. Solomon Oyelekan, who are the factional Chairman and Secretary of the University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), were alleged of insubordination and causing disaffection within the university community.

The affected lecturers, on their part, claimed that they were being victimised for exposing corruption in the institution.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, while noting that the suspension was necessary, however, distanced his office from the action.

One of the affected lecturers, Afolayan noted that though the reason for their suspension was not known, but believed it has to do with their blowing of whistle of alleged impunity and corruption in the institution.

However, another factional Vice Chairman of ASUU, Dr. Bode Olumorin, has called on the Federal Government to come to their aid, adding that since the government advised people to point out corrupt practices, they should not be abandoned.

The period for the suspension was not mentioned in the letter and the suspended lecturers had petitioned their national body for redress.

With both parties sticking to their positions, interest groups in the university are looking forward to a compromise.

It should be recalled that the whistle-blowing programme came as an initiative from the Federal Ministry of Finance as a means of helping the nation get useful information about a couple of things that could draw the nation backwards.

Individuals are encouraged to provide useful information that entails violation of government financial regulations as well as procurement procedures, mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and assets, financial malpractice, fraud and theft of public assets.

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