FUNAAB Recalls 23 Sacked Members of Staff

FUNAAB Recalls 23 Sacked Members of StaffThe Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, has approved the recall of the 23 members of staff that were disengaged from the University.

This according to the institution, is part of efforts to resolve its recent unrest.

In a press statement issued by the Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Mrs Emi Alawode, the decision was taken at the 92nd meeting of the Council, held on Thursday, December 22, 2016, and chaired by Mrs Susan Oludiya, a member of the Council, in line with the agreement that the Chairmanship be rotated, till the reconstitution of a new one.

The unconditional letters of re-absorption, were signed by the Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr Obafemi Oginni and all the 23 staff, who were re-called, have resumed at their duty posts.

It will be recalled that the Governing Council, at its 90th statutory meeting, approved the disengagement of some staff from the services of the University for various offences.

However, to ensure that the University enjoys permanent respite, a Council Committee to investigate the Lingering Industrial Unrest and Tension in the University was constituted, to look into the immediate and remote causes of the unrest.

The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has however enjoined all members of staff to continue to contribute positively to the development of the University, while normal academic and administrative activities have continued unabated.

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.