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
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
“ 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
“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.
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