The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has urged Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state to pay compensation to members of staff of University of Benin(UNIBEN) over the demolition of property in the school.
Prof. Suleiman Muhammad, Zonal Coordinator, ASUU Abuja Zone said the governor should have waited for the Court of Appeal to decide on UNIBEN’s appeal before embarking on the demolition.
“Gov. Oshiomhole should live up to his promise to compensate the members of staff of the UNIBEN who were affected by the demolition.
“Members of the public will recall the uproar generated by his action sometime ago, when he demolished property occupied by staff of the University of Benin.
“This action came on the heels of a court judgment in the favour of Edo State Government against which the university immediately filed an appeal.
“Rather than allowing the case to run its course in the court of appeal, Mr Oshiomhole carried on with the demolition,’’ Muhammad said.
Muhammad said that the governor made several promises to the leadership of ASUU when the union raised objection to the demolition.
“He also promised to allow the ongoing court process to run its course.
“To the surprise of the leadership of the ASUU, especially its members at UNIBEN, Oshiomhole has gone back on his words.
“He has directed the complete demolition of the remaining part of the structures that were the properties of UNIBEN while the Court of Appeal is yet to decide on the case,’’ Muhammad said.
He ended by adding that the union will not take this situation lightly.