Withdrawal of 18 PhDs not Victimization – LASU VC

By Post Nigeria December 23, 2014 09:53

Withdrawal of 18 PhDs not Victimization – LASU VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. John Obafunwa, has disclosed that the University authority’s recent withdrawal of 18 PhD certificates from some of their graduates was not meant to witch-hunt them.

Prof. Obafunwa, who made this known to journalists in Lagos, debunked the statement of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ who claimed that the certificate withdrawal was purposely done by the VC to humiliate the LASU-ASUU Chairman, Dr. Adekunle Idris.

DR. Nasir Adesola, the ASUU Lagos Zonal Chairman, who had earlier accused the VC of orchestrating the withdrawal, following Idris’ role in the call for the reversal of tuition fees in the school, said the tuition fee which was previously pegged at N150, 000, and N350, 000 depending on the course of study, was the fee the undergraduate students of the institution were mandated to pay before its recent reversal to N25, 000.

Obafunwa, who dismissed the allegation of the ASUU, said his administration was only interested in cleansing the rot in the University.

He said that before he came on board as the VC in 2011, the institution had many anomalies affecting the issuance of certificate, transcript and admission problems, as well as record keeping, staffing, infrastructure and external system, among other challenges.

Prof. Obafunwa reiterated that, “The claim by ASUU and Idris is not correct. The allegation is not true. The issue is that somebody had been complaining, unknown to many of us, that the PhD she obtained was not what she applied for.

“She obtained a PhD in Business Administration (Marketing), whereas she had applied for a PhD in International Business. That is what brought about the certificate review/screening.

“I recall that in one of the Senate meetings, someone said that we should overlook these things because it would put LASU in a bad light, but others said no. We should be bold enough to admit that certain things went wrong within the system and deal with such.

“The leadership of the university is fighting a genuine cause. It is not targeting or seeking to victimize any individual. As we speak, a committee has been set up to look into the issue and its members have two weeks to do what they have to do.

“I can assure you that when we identify anything, this vice-chancellor will be bold enough to make it public. On Idris particularly, I do not want to say much. When we get to the court, certain things will be revealed there.”

He further said that his leadership is not only transforming the university but also removing a lot of waste in the system.

He however, noted that apart from infrastructural development, many old graduates can obtain their certificates, without much stress, just as students now get their examination results within three weeks.

He opined that, “One of the first things we had to do was to restructure our registration process, starting from the departments and faculties, so that the heads of departments will have an idea of how many students they have and know the number to prepare for during examination.”