The Lagos State government has said that 17 out of the 19 PhD certificates withdrawn by the management of Lagos State University (LASU) have been cleared.
Special Adviser to Lagos State governor on education, Mr Fatai Olukoga, stated this on Tuesday at the 2015 news conference organised by the Ministry of Education, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said that the certificates were cleared after due process.
Olukoga explained that 19 lecturers were alleged to have obtained fake PhD certificates.
He said that the remaining two lecturers failed to appear for clearance because they are members of the Academic Staff Union and their certificates still remained withheld.
“Seventeen have been cleared; the remaining two are unionists. The chairman of ASUU refused to come for clearance saying that his certificate is with (Chief Femi) Falana.
“We are waiting for Falana to sue LASU and see whether he can win. LASU was established by law, the management and the governing council are independent to run the day-to-day affairs of the institution.
“When there is a problem and they cannot resolve it, that is when they come to the government to help them out. We do not dabble into LASU crisis or problem; they have the governing council members who are competent and capable to handle the institution,” he said.
He blamed the management, Academic Staff Union and Students Union of the institution for the continuous closure of the institution.
“I cannot see any reason students will fight because there is no light on their campus, do they have light in their homes? LASU was shut for over a month now.
“The union said that if the institution wanted to have its convocation, the government must appoint an acting vice chancellor. An employee cannot dictate to his employer to sack anybody. The union wants the government to sack the vice chancellor and that is not possible,” he said.
He accused the union of causing problems in order to end the tenure of the vice chancellor, which he said would end in October.
“The union does not want the vice chancellor, they do not want a two-term vice chancellor and the regulation said at the end of his first tenure, he can apply with other people for the post.
“If he satisfies the conditions and is found competent, they will automatically appoint him and if not, they will pick another person,” he said.
He said that the government had paid N209 million as a refund to students on hike in tuition fees.
The adviser said that the management of the institution did not have records for the remaining balance.
Nigerian Tribune – culled from: http://tribuneonlineng.com/content/lagos-govt-okays-17-phd-certificates-withdrawn-lasu