ASUU LASU Faults Management’s Position On Check-Off Dues Suspension

Following the suspension of remittance of check-off dues for lecturers who are members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by the authority of Lagos State University (LASU), the union has stated that the collection of check-off dues is a statutory responsibility and it is non-negotiable.
The union in a reaction to the suspension order explained that check-off dues were guaranteed by a provision of the Trade Unions Act of the Labour Law of the Federation chapter 14 (Trade Union Act) Section 17(a and b).

It will be recalled that the management of the institution had through Ademola Adekoya, the university spokesman on Monday stated that remittance of the check-off dues into the Union Bank accounts of the union remained suspended, pending when the management and operation of the account(s) would be properly regularised.


According to the authority of the university, the decision followed a receipt of a petition signed by about 70 per cent of the ASUU LASU members.

Adekoya explained that the petition alleged that the union’s erstwhile Chairman, Dr Isaac Oyewunmi, is still part of those presently operating the bank account in spite of being a staff of another institution.


LASU Governing Council had on September 7, 2017, dismissed Oyewunmi for alleged misconduct bordering on extortion of money from students just as Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, the erstwhile Vice- Chairman of ASUU LASU was also dismissed for misconduct bordering on manipulation of students’ results.

However, the union in a statement made available to Daily Independent vehemently said: “In line with the constitution and extant practices of our Union, only the National Executive Council (NEC) of our Union can determine and recognise the leadership of, and signatories to a Branch’s account.

“In this instance, Dr. Isaac Oyewumi is the recognised Chairman in the ASUU-LASU Branch of our Union,” union Secretary, Dr. Tony Dansu said in the statement.

The union described as an erroneous allegation that Dr. Isaac Oyewumi and Dr. Adebowale-Suenu have been collecting a monthly allowance of N50,000:00 each from the general monthly deductions of members of ASUU-LASU.

It added that check-off deductions of all members including that of ASUU-LASU belong to the national body of the union that approves monthly stipend in solidarity and commitment to victimised members ‘until the determination of their illegal dismissal by a competent court of law’.

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