Alleged Funds Mismanagement: Unions Shutdown UNIOSUN, Call For Removal Of VC

The protesting members of Joint Action Committee at the main gate of Osun State University on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

 

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) members of staff in Osun State University (UNIOSUN) have staged a protest, demanding the removal of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labo Popoola and the dissolution of the Governing Council. 

The Joint Action Committee which includes members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) from the six campuses across the state gathered at the Osogbo campus, on Wednesday, and blocked the main entrance into the institution, in protest.

Supported by Unions from other institutions in the Southwest, the protesting members accused the Vice Chancellor of misappropriation and embezzlement of funds in the institution.

Among other issues, the protesting members alleged that there are plans to suspend and terminate the appointments of some union members by the governing council for daring to speak up against mismanagement of the institution.

They thereby called for the dissolution of the governing council for allegedly covering up the atrocities of the Vice Chancellor.

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The Chairman of JAC, Lekan Adiat, in an interview with Channels Television, called on the state government to wade into the crisis at UNIOSUN.

The crisis in UNIOSUN has lingered for over eight months with the school calendar disrupted.

Efforts to reach the Vice-chancellor, Professor Popoola for his reaction proved abortive as he was said to be out of the country.

UNIOSUN Non-Academic Workers Take Protest To House Of Assembly

 

The Non-Academic members of staff of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) on Tuesday protested at the state House of Assembly.

The workers were protesting non-payment of their March salary.

Members of the unions during the protest alleged that the Vice-chancellor and the management of the institution have withheld the workers’ salaries for the month of March while it paid that of the Academic members of staff.

The Joint Action Committee comprising of Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Academic of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) had last week called off their three-week-old strike.

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This was after the intervention of the House of Assembly members who promised that no worker will be victimised for embarking on the industrial action.

The NASU workers during their protest on Tuesday demanded that the vice-chancellor, Professor Labo Popoola be probed for alleged mismanagement of N106 million. The workers also said that over N3billion handed over to the vice-chancellor by the last administration should be accounted for.

The workers also want the report of the investigative panel that was set up to probe the vice chancellor be made public.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly who received the workers, Honourable Adegboyega Akintunde promised that the House will investigate the matter and proffer solution.

UNIOSUN Workers Suspend Strike Over Lawmakers’ Intervention

Osun State University (UNIOSUN) Shut Over Police Shooting

 

Striking workers of the Osun State University have called off the strike following the intervention of the House of Assembly.

The Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Unions (NASU), Mr Isaiah Fayemi, told journalists in Osogbo, the state capital on Tuesday, that the joint unions decided to suspend the strike after the lawmakers’ intercession.

The striking workers had on March 5 embarked on an indefinite strike, demanding the immediate payment of earned allowances, withdrawal of the new conditions of service for lack of the union’s input and reinstatement of staff members allegedly removed from the payroll.

Their decision to return to work falls within the deadline given by the governing council for them to resume or face consequences through the implementation of the no-work, no-pay policy.

The Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Mr Gafar Shittu, had warned that any non-academic staff who failed to return to work on or before April 10 would no longer be paid.

The registrar said that a register of attendance would be opened in every college and department for non-teaching staff members who are willing to resume work immediately.

Shittu, however, said that the council had agreed during its emergency meeting on Monday that the N300 million balance of the 2014/2015 Earned Allowance would be paid in instalments at N10 million per month beginning from April 30.

 

Court Absolves Suspended UNIOSUN Officials Of Misdeed

Osun State University (UNIOSUN) Shut Over Police Shooting

The National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state has vindicated the duo of the former Registrar of Osun State University, Dr Julius Faniran, and the university’s former bursar, Dr Fatai Lasisi who were accused of financial misappropriation.

The presiding judge, Justice Faustina Iyabode Kola-Olalere described all allegations levelled against them as baseless and unfounded, and therefore, ordered the University to pay up all their entitlements accordingly.

According to him, the substance of the case rather indicates that the men acted in line with the rules and regulations of the University and were not found wanting of any misdeed.

Both Faniran and Lasisi were suspended in February 2015 by the University Governing Council, headed by Prof. Gabriel Olawoyin (SAN) for alleged financial impropriety and maladministration, forcing them to approach the court for redress.

Upon the suspension, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, set up a panel on February 17, 2015, headed by the Vice-chancellor of the University of Technology, Akure to investigate the matter put together a report.

Lasisi, who spoke on behalf of the duo at a press conference in Osogbo on Thursday, said the panel did not find them wanting of any misdeed and subsequently, the new Chairman of the council, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) invited them for a meeting so as to reach an amicable resolution to the lingering crisis.

He explained that he and Dr Faniran thereafter, proceeded to court in order to challenge the termination of their appointment which was illegal, null and void.

According to him, the intervention of Mr Yusuf Ali substantially doused the tension and he ensured that the matter was resolved amicably.

“Mallam Ali is a man with strong foresight. Immediately he got to the chair of the University he said these people must be invited to settle the matter out of the court. I want to say to the whole world that Mallam Ali is truly a man of God.

“The University management admitted that our suspension was done in bad faith, and allegations levelled against us were all baseless and unfounded, it was sealed in black and white, and this eventually formed the basis in which the judgement was based,” Lasisi said.

“It is indeed our joy that we were vindicated eventually, that is why we consider this briefing very important for the purpose of proving our innocence as affirmed by the court to the whole world.

“The university has since complied with the court ruling, paying us all our entitlements, including our cars which were seized from us during the crisis.

“This judgement has reinforced our confidence in the judiciary as the last home of commoners at all times, we are also grateful to Mallam Yusus Ali for his wisdom,” he added.

NASU Accuses UNIOSUN VC Of Mismanaging N106million

Osun State University (UNIOSUN) Shut Over Police Shooting

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational (NASU) in Osun State University have accused the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola, of mismanaging over N106million funds of the institution. 

The union in a petition dated October 18, 2017, alleged that Popoola had since the beginning of his tenure in November 2016, syphoned and mismanaged the state-owned institution’s N106,607,592.00.

The petition which was jointly signed by the Chairman and Acting Secretary of NASU, Isaiah Fayemi, and Dada Kunmi, respectively claim that “Popoola had been doing everything in his power to discredit, silence and cripple NASU in Osun State University in order to get away with his financial impropriety.”

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A copy of the petition which was sent to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the UNIOSUN Governing Council, Malam Yusuff Ali and was obtained by Channels Television correspondent was entitled: “Reasons Why The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola is After NASU.”

It reads in part, “Permit us to say that we are worried that the VC, Professor Labode Popoola, has been able to successfully commit all these under your watch as the Governing Council Chairman, going by your antecedents. We are not also surprised because he (VC) has been boasting that he (VC) is in control of the Governing Council under your watch. Sir, his actions so far also confirmed the statement.

“Mr Chairman Sir, we are reliably informed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola has written against NASU to the Governing Council for a sole purpose of blackmailing our union, NASU. If the VC is not predetermined to unjustly deal with NASU in order to cover-up his dirt, why is he monitoring our congress? Or, can’t we gather together again as enshrined in Section 40 of Nigerian constitution of 1999 as amended.

“All these against NASU, he (VC) is doing because he must have been informed that NASU is the only union that can expose his financial impropriety. Sir, NASU members have refused to be intimidated, humiliated, and victimised by the Vice Chancellor or anyone in the corridors of power because our union stands for truth, justice, equity and operates with facts and figures.”

The NASU has also called for the immediate probe of the allegations of fraud levelled against Popoola, warning the Governing Council against sweeping the accusations under the carpet.

Upon receipt of this petition calling for Popoola’s probe, it was authoritatively gathered that the university’s Governing Council in its meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, constituted a panel to investigate the allegations.

A three-man panel chaired by a professor of International Relations at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Solomon Akinboye was set up to investigate Popoola.

Other members of the panel include Mr Awe from National Universities Commission and Mr Nurudeen Adeagbo from the Osun State Ministry of Works.

When contacted, Professor Popoola simply described the allegations as a situation of “corruption fighting back in the university.”

“Just do your independent search on Labode Popoola as a person, a scholar and an administrator. Find out how much UNIOSUN is worth in cash, after years of profligacy and sleaze by the current petitioners.

“Find out how a VC has succeeded without government subvention to pay staff salaries in full before the end of the month, for his 12 months in the saddle. Reflect also on what unionism has become in our clime- a tool of cheap blackmail by people who have no business being in the academia. We are dealing with a simple case of corruption fighting back,” he said.

Police Parade Three Suspects In Connection To Killing Of UNIOSUN Student

The Police in Osun state have arrested a gang of ritualists alleged to have killed a 400 level student of the Osun State University, Osogbo, Timileyin Shonibare.

This is the third time within a month that ritualists would be arrested with human parts in Osun state.

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The 400 level student was said have been declared missing a week ago only for police to discover that Timileyin was killed by 19-year old Sakariyau Abdulrafiu and one Yahya who is now at large.

Yahya was said to have smashed Timileyin’s head twice with a pestle after which he died and his head and palms were severed while other parts of the body were dumped in the bush.

The severed parts were said to have been put in a local pot and burnt into ashes for rituals.

Two other persons were also arrested in connection with the crime.

Angry students of the University, on Tuesday took to the streets in a violent protest, burning down a building at the Oke Baale area, after the decomposing corpse was purportedly found in a bush beside the house.

UNIOSUN Students Raze House Where Missing Colleague’s Corpse Was Found

UNIOSUN Students Raze House Where Missing Colleague's Corpse Was FoundAngry students of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Osogbo have razed down a building at the Oke Baale area, after a decomposing corpse was purportedly found in a bush beside the house.

The students claimed that they identified the corpse as the 400 level student of the university who went missing over a week ago, Oluwafemi Shonibare, and was found beside the house of a 19-year-old man believed to be a traditionalist.

Students living near Jafaria Street told Channels Television correspondent who visited the scene that the young man, who was arrested in connection with the student’s disappearance, showed policemen where the corpse was dumped.

Emotions flowed freely when some of the students close to the deceased burst into tears as they perceived horrible stench oozing out of the bush.

The Deputy Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students in South West, Saheed Afolabi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Police Command paraded three suspects believed to be in connection with the case.

The suspects, Sakariya Abdulrafiu, 19; Ayuba Ibrahim, 34; and Yusuf Aliu, 18, were said to have confessed to abducting the student for ritual purposes.

Speaking to reporters, Abdulrafiu claimed to be an apprentice learning charms and voodoo but confessed that he connived with the other suspects to kidnap the deceased.

Ukraine University Declares UNIOSUN Student As 2017 Overall Best

universityThe President of the Karazin Kharkiv National University Prof Vil S. Bakirov, has declared a student of the Osun State University, Miss Oyeleye Lateefat  as the best graduating medical student in the country.

Miss Lateefat is part of the 85 students sent to Ukraine for medical studies by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.

Bakirov stated this at the Pre-Convocation meeting held at the administrative building of the university, Kharkov on Thursday.

She emerged the overall best of all 564 final year medical students of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in the final examination.

She is one of the 50 graduating UNIOSUN medical students fully sponsored to complete their Medical studies in 2012 by the Aregbesola’s administration.

The Pre-Convocation meeting was witnessed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Grace Titilaoye, Chairman Osun House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon Bamisayemi Folorunso and the Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology of the state, Engr. Oluremi Omowaiye.

Karazin Kharkiv National University is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.

The University justly rates among the best Eastern Europe classical universities and is known in many countries. Since its foundation, the University has graduated over 130,000 students.

The University is the only university in Ukraine that has produced three Nobel Prize laureates.

Osun State University Shut Over Police Shooting

Osun State University (UNIOSUN) Shut Over Police ShootingThe management of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has ordered the immediate closure of the institution over alleged Police shooting of two students.

The management said that the situation on campus has been tensed as some group of students were said to be nursing grudges against the security operatives in the state over last Saturday’s incident in which two students were shot over alleged internet fraud.

The affected students have been recuperating at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo as seen when the Osun State Deputy Governor, Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori visited them.

Mrs Laoye-Tomori, while speaking to newsmen, charged security operatives to be alive to their responsibility and avoid accidental discharge in the course of performing their duties.

The Deputy Governor who assured the students that the state government would get to the root of the matter to prevent future occurrence, said justice will be done on the matter.

In a statement issued and signed by the Acting Registrar of the university, Mr Gafar Shittu, the university said the students must immediately proceed on mid-semester break.

ONSU Demands Probe

Meanwhile, the indigenous association for students, Osogbo National Students Union (ONSU) has demanded the probe of the policemen over the shooting of the two students of Osun State University.

The union lamented that the incident threatened the peace of Osogbo and insisted that the matter must be investigated and that the errant policemen must be brought to book.

In a statement jointly signed by the President and Public Relations Officer of ONSU, Adeyemi Idris and Obarayese Sikiru, the body expressed worry that the policemen that were supposed to protect the citizens were the ones endangering their lives.

According to the statement, “It is our belief that the police who claim to be friends of the people should always act their words. It is not enough for them to act on information without thorough investigations.

“We acknowledge the effort of the state government of Osun and Police top hierarchy in the state at dousing the tension which almost degenerated into chaos. Osogbo people are known for peace and security agents should assist in maintaining the peace.

“We appeal for calm on the part of the students of the university and we want to implore the Police authorities to investigate the incident dispassionately to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.”

UNIOSUN Students Shot By Police Are Not Dead – VC

UNIOSUN Students Shot By Police Are Not Dead - VCThe management of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has debunked the rumor making the round that two students of the institution allegedly shot by policemen on Saturday morning have died in the hospital.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Labode Popoola, while reacting to the incident in a telephone chat with our correspondent, ‎said the report was a fabricated one which is far from the truth.

Popoola, who condemned in its totality the untrue report, said the two wounded students were still responding to treatment, adding that the institution has taken a bold step towards unraveling the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

The Vice-Chancellor said: “I would like to inform parents, guardians and all stakeholders that it was true some policemen, on Saturday morning, shot and wounded two of our students for yet unclear reasons.

“Immediately we were informed, we acted swiftly by evacuating the victims for safety. They are now receiving the best available care in one of the best hospitals in the state.”

The Vice-Chancellor, who said he was by the bedside of the wounded students as early as 6.30AM on Sunday, thanked God that they were doing well.

Prof. Popoola implored all to continue keeping the peace and go about their normal businesses as management and the security agencies are on top of the situation.

“We wish to state clearly also that relevant authorities are investigating the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and justice will be done immediately,” The UNIOSUN VC added.

Two students of the Osun State-owned university, Kazeem Adesola and Ibrahim Ajao were shot by some policemen from the headquarters of Zone 11 of the Nigerian Police Force controlling Osun, Oyo and Ondo states.

Channels Television gathered that the students were playing football at a pitch off-campus around Oke-Baale when the policemen suddenly came in mufti and alleged that some of the students were involved in internet fraud also known as Yahoo-Yahoo (YY).

Alleged Police Shooting Of UNIOSUN Students Triggers Protest

Police, UNIOSUN, Students, OsogboStudents of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) on Saturday went on rampage in Osogbo to protest what they termed “alleged police assault and brutality on two of the students”.

The pandemonium began after the police officials allegedly shot the students who were said to be playing football.

A student of the university told Channels Television crew that “we were playing at Ogidan High School, Oke-Baale around 7.30 AM when they (police) came that we are yahoo boys.

“They demanded money but we said we don’t have money. We are on it when they shot two of us”.

The students of the institution consequently stormed the town about three hours later and blocked the major Olaiya junction where they burned tyres at Oke Baale area of the school.

They were dispersed by the policemen who were deployed to the scene by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11 and officials of the State Security Service (SSS).

While the security operatives were said to be firing teargas, unidentified boys on motorcycle reportedly threw stones, thus causing pandemonium in the area.

The student’s representative, Adeleke Michael, said: “They (police) have been coming since last year (and) we have met few times with the Commissioner of Police on the matter.

“They use force in obtaining property from students (while) there has never been any reason and they have never come officially.

“They will go to the hostels and collect laptops, phones and other property from students after which they will later invite them to their station where some of them will bail their items with 50,000 Naira and 100,000 Naira before they release them”.

The Police Commissioner, Mr Adeoye Fimihan, told Channels Television crew at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital that the police would investigate the matter.

Mr Fimihan, who confirmed that the two students were shot, said that he rushed down to the hospital to ensure proper care of the victims.

The victims, Kazeem Adesola, a 300 level UNIOSUN student studying Physics/Electronics was purportedly shot in the leg while Ajao Ibrahim, a 400 level student of the same department was allegedly shot in the mouth.

However, doctors at the hospital declined to speak with journalists but one of them unofficially assured reporters that the victims would survive.

 

Another UNIOSUN Student Killed In Osogbo

Another UNIOSUN Student Killed In OsogboA 300-level student of the department of Civil Engineering at the Osun State University, Osogbo identified as Kazeem Amodu Ige has been killed in a fight that erupted among some students of the institution on Monday evening.

Channels TV correspondent gathered from some students who spoke on condition of anonymity that Kazeem was allegedly stabbed in the chest by a 400-level student of the department of Physics Electronics of the same university, Yusuf Adekunle, also known as Stone.

The pandemonium broke out around the students’ hostel at University road in Oke-Baale area of Osogbo, capital of Osun state on Monday evening as a result of the bloody clash by the UNIOSUN students.

The reason for the fight among the students is however still uncertain.

A source told Channels Television that the deceased student was not among those fighting and that Kazeem was only trying to separate the feuding students when he was stabbed.

It was also learnt that the machete cut on Kazeem was very deep and that he was rushed to Our Lady of Fatimah Catholic Hospital, Jaleyemi area for treatment to save his life but he was confirmed dead by the doctors in the hospital.

His corpse was initially deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital for autopsy but it was later transferred to the state hospital, Asubiaro area by the authorities of the university.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, while confirming the incident, said he had ordered a full scale investigation into the matter and gave the assurance that the culprits would not go scot-free.

Adeoye, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Folasade Odoro said necessary measures have been put in place to prevent reprisal attacks among the students.

Kazeem’s killing comes at a time the UNIOSUN community is still mourning the death of a 400-level student that was kidnapped and killed by ritualists, while two male students of the university who were recently declared missing have not been found.

The Police have promised to ensure safety of lives and properties in the area.