From MUSLIUDEEN ADEBAYO
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter has declared that no single academic staff in the university was involved in examination malpractices at the Distance Learning Center (DLC) of the institution.
ASUU Chairman, Professor Deji Omole made this declaration in a statement made available to SUNDAY STANDARD.
Omole was reacting to the arrest of six staff of the distance learning centre who were arrested by the men of the Department of State Service (DSS) at the instance of the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, for alleged examination malpractices.
Six staff of the distance learning centre, among whom were Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC Software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Students Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office were picked last Thursday over alleged examination fraud.
But, Omole while speaking lashed out at the Director of Public Communications of the University, Olatunji Oladejo for misleading the public, where it was allegedly said that academic staff were involved in the fraud.
Omole said that contrary to Oladejo’s claim, no academic staff of the distance learning centre has been fingered or linked to the fraud.
He added that no one should drag ASUU into the fraud since none of its members is involved.
Apart from the fact that the University committee, Omole said that “ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”
He however said it would not take it lightly when her members are wrongly accused.
“Our members not involved in UI Exam fraud. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter says no single academic staff was involved in examination malpractices in her Distance Learning Center (DLC).
“Seven non-academic staff of the Distance Learning Center of the institution were picked up by the DSS over their alleged involvement in aiding and abeting examination malpractices and compromising the integrity of examinations.
“Academic staff have not been fingered or linked to the fraud and no one should drag them into it. The Union is not against punishing anyone linked to the fraud.
“Apart from the fact that the University committee, ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”