The University of Benin Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU is spoiling for war over what it describes as a subterranean move by the Sir Gabriel Toby’s led Governing Council to be reappointed.
The union warned that it would embark on indefinite industrial action should the federal government reappoints the former deputy governor of Rivers State as the Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the institution’s Governing Council.
The union said that it would amount to a great disservice to the management and students of the University for the Government to bring back a governing council whose members used the institution to enrich themselves during their first tenure.
UNIBEN ASUU chairman, Dr Anthony Monye-Emina, told journalists in Benin that the council headed by Toby had failed to live up to the expectations of such a body in the administration of a university.
“A pro-chancellor and chairman of Governing Council of a university is supposed to be of proven integrity and transparency and seen to attract funding in particular. But that has not happened in the case of the Toby-led council,” the ASUU boss said.
However, the former deputy governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby, has dismissed the allegations against the governing council, saying that he was moved from the University of Port –Harcourt to University of Benin to rescue it from collapse.