SSANU Shuts FUNAAB Main Gate, Wants VC Removed

SSANU, FUNAAB, Olusola OyewoleMembers of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) have called for the removal of the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Bamidele Oyewole, over alleged high-handedness and financial misappropriation.

The SSANU members also locked the main gate leading to the institution to prevent movement into and out of the school to press home their demands.

They were seen displaying placards with various captions on Monday in the Ogun State capital, southwest Nigeria.

SSANU has also called for the reinstatement of three of its members allegedly suspended earlier by the Vice Chancellor.

Reacting to the accusation, Professor Oyewole insisted that he acted within the ambit of the law governing the university.

He asked the union members to sheath their sword to pave way for the resumption of students on October 3, after they were sent home after a violent demonstration.

The three senior staff of the institution were suspended by the Vice Chancellor over allegation of acts inimical to the smooth running of the institution.

SSANU had earlier called on the Federal Government fact finding team to investigate FUNAAB’s Vice Chancellor.

The union’s Chairman at the institution, Mr Rotimi Fasuwon, said their members were suspended on the order of Professor Oyewole for alleged acts prejudicial to the smooth running and governance of the university.

He accused the university authority of carrying out the suspension in bad faith.

The Vice Chancellor on his part, defended his action, saying due process was followed in the suspension of the three members of the union.

He also alleged that the crisis was motivated by internal politics, playing itself out among gladiators in the institution, a claim the SSANU Chairman denied.

SSANU Asks FG To Probe FUNAAB Leadership

SSANU, FUNAAB, Olusola OyewoleThe Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has called for a Federal Government fact finding team to investigate the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Olusola Oyewole.

The call is a fall out of the suspension of three members of SSANU, which had pitched the Vice Chancellor against the union and led to the call for his removal.

The SSANU Chairman at FUNAAB, Mr Rotimi Fasuwon, said their members were suspended on the order of Professor Oyewole for alleged acts prejudicial to the smooth running and governance of the university.

He accused the university authority of carrying out the suspension in bad faith.

The Vice Chancellor on his part, defended his action, saying due process was followed in the suspension of the three members of the union.

He also alleged that the crisis was motivated by internal politics, playing itself out among gladiators in the institution, a claim the SSANU Chairman denied.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at FUNAAB, Mr Adebayo Oni, has waded into the face-off.

He asked the gladiators to explore internal university mechanism in resolving the crisis.

Mr Oni also passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the school, asking it to continue to provide academic, research and administrative leadership the school desires.

While the crisis continues, the university authority has extended the mid semester holiday granted to the students following the violent protest which resulted into wanton destruction of property.

Nigerian Youths Tasked On Quality Leadership At Polls

Nigerian YouthsNigerian Youths had been urged to be at the forefront of efforts aimed at electing credible leaders that would focus on all levels development in next month’s general election.

They were also told to ensure that their voices would be heard in the process of building a progressive nation.

This was part of the messages at the 2014/2015 Orientation Lecture for the newly admitted Students of the Federal University of Agriculture, entitled “The Roles of Students in Building a Progressive Nation”. It was organised by the Students’ Union, held at the Ceremonial Hall of the University in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.

The Orientation Lecture was aimed at exposing the newly admitted Students to the minimum standard code of conduct expected of them on campus, especially at a time when moral decadence had continue to take its toll on the teaching and learning system of the younger generation.

The Guest Lecturer, Adedayo Thomas, who represented the All Progressives Congress’ Presidential Candidate, Rtd General Muhammadu Buhari, at the occasion, admonished the newly admitted students to be patriotic, shun corruption and work towards a united and egalitarian country of equal opportunity.

Some participants said that as political activities hot up in different parts of Nigeria, it was good that the Nigerian youths were being cautioned in order not to make themselves instruments in the hands of selfish politicians for selfish interests.