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UNILORIN 44: Lecturers plan victory rally

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin — The  atmosphere in the University of Ilorin has changed as the lecturers are said to be planning to hold a solidarity rally in support of the victory the 44 sacked lecturers got  at the Supreme Court last Friday in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the University of Ilorin are now in a dilemma over the Supreme Court judgment that ordered the re-instatement of the forty-four sacked lecturers and payment of their eight years salaries and allowances. Informed sources told journalists in Ilorin that the academic community is indeed happy about the development.

According to a group of lecturers who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity, they claimed to be very happy over the development because what happened to the lecturers could have happened to any of them.

According to the spokesperson, “the victory of the 44 lecturers at Supreme Court has raised our morale that we should always fight for our right and not die in silence.

“We have kept quiet for long, afraid that we may be sacked, the way the 44 lecturers were sacked, if we oppose some policies that are implemented by the management which affect us directly or indirectly.”

Impeccable sources close to the university manage-ment also told newsmen that  the present administration of the university, led by Professor Ishaq Oloyede, is alleged to be confused on the financial implications of the judgment to the university.

The Supreme Court had ruled that the affected  lecturers should be re-instated and paid their eight years salaries and allowan-ces since the period they were relieved of their services from  the university.


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