R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with the overall best graduating student, Faculty of Management Science, Lagos State University (LASU), Fuhad Ogunsanya; Chancellor, LASU, Rtd. Justice George Oguntade and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagboun.

LASU VC, Prof Fagbohun, Dismisses Attack On His Promotion

 Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, on Wednesday said that the publication claiming that his Professorship was unduly backdated is unfounded.

The VC also described the allegation as mere provocation by those who do not want peace in the university.

The Academic Staff Union of University, (ASUU), LASU Chapter, on June 1, had written a petition, signed by its Secretary and Assistant Secretary, Dr Tony

Dansu and Dr Adeolu Oyekan respectively, to the university’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council.

The union was requesting an investigation to determine the culpability

or otherwise of Mr Akinwunmi Lewis, the university’s immediate past

Registrar in the wrongful dating of the promotion of Dr. Olanrewaju

Fagbohun as a Professor in the Department of Public Law.

ASUU had alleged that Fagbohun was unqualified to have applied to

become the university’s Vice-Chancellor, but that the backdating of

his appointment enabled him.

“We hope that the Governing council will clarify the seeming

contradiction between the 9th Governing Council decision taken on May

7, 2014 and the promotion letter issued to Dr Fagbohun by Lewis on

Aug. 28, 2014, ” the union had said.

Addressing journalists in Lagos, Fagbohun said that the attached

document circulated by the ASUU on the backdate was a 2014 LASU

Council decision on a denied promotion case of 2007/2008 which was

reviewed in 2014 and backdated.

” It should be noted that the Registrar at that time never knew that I

could become the VC in 2016 to have started doctoring a Council

decision for me in 2014.

” I also did not know that I would be vying for Vice – Chancellorship

in 2016, so I could not have met anybody to doctor any document for

me, ” he said.

According to him, LASU Council had in 2012 taken a decision premised

on a petition he wrote after he was denied professorship in the

2007/2008 promotion.

“After I saw an advert of the university, I wrote a petition that I

was entitled to have been promoted dating back to 2007/2008 but the

interpretation of the university’s rules on ground was incorrect and

unfair,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said after he left LASU for the Nigeria Institute

of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), the institute gave him a Chair in

2010.

” As a human being, I found it necessary to still push this cause by

writing a petition to LASU to protect my seniority, and there is

nothing illegal to have petitioned the university to get my

entitlement, ” he said.

The Professor said that it was sequel to the petition that the then

council sat and responded that he be directed to come and fill an APER

Form for 2007/2008 promotion for ratification.

” It was pursuant to this process that council went ahead to confirm

that I was worthy of being made a professor.

“ASUU did not have the document for these directives as at the time

they started circulating the back dating documents, ” he said.

Fagbohun said he was not the only beneficiary of the council’s

decision, as there were and have subsequently been other colleagues

who have benefited from such decisions.

He explained that it was a regular practice of the university, except

that the beneficiary would be notified once the promotion was

backdated.

“You would not enjoy financial remuneration, but only three months

notional remuneration.

“Your date of promotion would be backdated to when you ought to have

taken it because that is the only way to preserve your seniority.

” The processes went through the Appointment and Promotion Academic

Committee of the university before the recommendation to the Council

for approval.

” It was the crisis bedevilling the university then that delayed the

process from 2012 before implementation in 2014,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said it was also shocking and laughable that the

union was contending that he could have gotten a Chair in NIALS and

also LASU because a past VC of the institution, Prof. Jadesola Akande

was given a chair by the same institute.

On the allegation that he had no PhD before his appointment in NIALS,

Fagbohun challenged ASUU and the public to contact the Obafemi Awolowo

University (OAU) Ile -Ife , faculty of law or postgraduate school for

his certificate.

Fagbohun also spoke on the allegation that he did not meet the minimum

requirement of 10 years professorship as requested in the advert for

applicants for the office of Vice-Chancellor.

He said that none of the adverts in the dailies which he saw and upon

which he applied had that condition.

The VC also urged media practitioners to always investigate issues

before publishing.

He said that those behind such scandals are those who saw him as a

threat to their bid to violate the laws of the university.

Fagbohun promised to continue working within and maintaining the rule

of law because of his background as a legal practitioner.