EFCC Invites Former OAU VC Over Alleged Fraud

Bamitale Omole, EFCC, OAU, Aderonke Akeredolu, Obafemi Awolowo UniversityThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Bamitale Omole.

Professor Omole was invited by the anti-graft agency on Thursday to respond to the allegations of fraud and other financial crimes levelled against him.

The invitation follows a petition written to the commission by a group known as the Third Eye Transparency International, OAU chapter.

The EFCC, in a letter with reference number “CR: 3000/EFCC/IB/CTGI-PENSION/031/Vol1/140”, which was dated January 19, 2017 and signed by the Head of the EFCC in Ibadan, Akaninyene Ezima, invited the former Vice Chancellor to report at the Ibadan office of the commission for an interview.

The agency also asked the OAU Bursar, Mrs Aderonke Akeredolu, to report with Professor Omole to clarify issues on allegations of fraud and abuse of office allegedly perpetrated by the duo.

Confirming the invitation, the EFCC spokesman, Abiodun Olanrewaju, explained that the invitation was not a conviction of any sort.

He said that anyone could be invited by the anti-graft agency to shed light on any issues perceived as allegations levelled against him or her.

Mr Olanrewaju maintained that the allegation has nothing to do with the management of the institution but the petitioner.

‎The former Vice Chancellor was accused of renovating the VC’s residence with 208 million Naira and an illegal transfer of 34,905,690.17 naira from the OAU Minor Capital Account to the MBA Executive Fund Deposit Account ‘under questionable circumstances’.

He was also accused alongside Mrs Akeredolu of illegal deduction of contributory pension from salaries of workers running into billions of naira as the funds were said to have remained unaccounted for.

Jubilation As FG Dissolves OAU Governing Council

OAUWorkers and students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) ,Ile- Ife in Osun State trooped out in a jubilation following the Federal Government’s dissolution of the institution’s governing council and the suspension of the process of the selection of a new Vice Chancellor.

The staff and students said it was a victory for the redemption of the integrity of the institution which over the weeks had been hit by the crisis trailing the selection process of a new Vice Chancellor (VC) and the exit of the immediate past VC, Professor Bamitale Omole.

Staff and workers dancing and singing victory songs following the Federal Government dissolution of the governing council, pending a court verdict.

It is the anti-climax of a crisis that has enveloped the institution over various allegation of corruption against the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University, which had resulted in the indefinite closure of academic activities.

The Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) at the university, Ademola Oketunde ‎said the decision of the Federal Government was an indication that the Buhari Administration was totally committed to the fight against corruption.

For the staff of the institution, it was a victory for the anti-graft policy of the Buhari administration and the commitment and resilience of the staff who were never ready to settle for anything less.

However, like Oliver Twist, the staff will ask for more from the Federal Government. This time, a panel of inquiry to look into alleged abuse of office by the immediate past administration of the institution.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the institution, Abiodun Olarewaju, said the school, being an establishment of the Federal Government, could not but abide by its decision.

ASUU Divided Over Choice Of New OAU VC

OAU, OAU VC, ASUUThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU in the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) are now divided as controversies continue over the selection and consequent announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

The division follows a recent statement by the chairman of the union in the university, Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly declaring the support of ASUU for the process leading to the announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

‎The pronouncement by Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly stating that the selection process for the new vice chancellor for the university was free, fair, and credible drew the anger of some members of the union.

They gathered under the umbrella of ‘Concerned ASUU Members’ stating that the chairman of the union did not state the position of ASUU in the university.

However, the chairman of ASUU of the university, Dr. Aborisade, when contacted declined to speak on camera stating that the union could not have taken a stand on the legality or otherwise of the process as none of the aggrieved candidates has approached it with their grievances.

Meanwhile, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have continued their protests against the selection process and the consequent announcement of Professor Ayobami Salami as the new Vice Chancellor of the institution.

They called on the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry to look into allegation of fund mismanagement by the outgoing vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Bamitale Omole.

The tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor of the institution, ends on June 23.

OAU Students Decry Poor State Of Hostels

OAU-Ile-Ife Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun state are calling on the school authority ‎to improve their welfare, particularly rehabilitation of the hostels. 

This request is coming on the heels of preparations heralding the entry of a new Vice Chancellor to take over from Professor Bamitale Omole, whose tenure comes to an end in May 2016.

 

The students complained about the state of  hostels, toilets and lack of water.

With all these challenges, the students are optimistic that the incoming Vice Chancellor, who will be taking over from the present one, will help turn their fortunes around.

‎ But while the ASUU members also have their expectations from the incoming administration, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU), OAU chapter appears to be dissatisfied with the selection process of the governing council.

They however still have expectations from the incoming administration.

Obafemi Awolowo University, formerly called the University of Ife, is one of the Federal Government owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Founded in 1964, the university has had its fair share of success stories as well as its challenges.

Forget About Finding Chibok Girls, Obasanjo Tells Nigerians

ObasanjoFormer President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on Nigerians to jettison the thoughts that the 276 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Chibok town of Borno State in 2014 ‎could ever be rescued.

The former President said this while addressing a crowd of the students, lecturers and the Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Bamitale Omole, at the university’s Staff Club in Ile-Ife, Osun State, in southwest Nigeria.

In his speech on the “Reflections of an Elder Statesman”, he stressed that the major problem affecting the development of the nation was lack of continuity.

Mr Obasanjo also pointed out that if the fight against corruption must be entrenched, it has to start from the top government functionaries down the ladder.

He noted that the present organs that was being used to fight corruption – the Economic Financial Crimes Commission – was put in place because of the prevailing existence of corruption when he was in power.

Before his arrival at the venue of the lecture, the former President had visited the palace of the Ooni of Ife‎, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunmuko, Ojaja II, to pay homage to the monarch.