By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The leadership of Akure Zonal Executives of Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, (ASUU)-led by Prof. Olufayo Olu Olu has been been tackled by the Forum of Concerned Academics (FCA), Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, (FUOYE) Ekiti State over alleged blackmailing of the institution and therefore passed a vote of no Confidence in the Union leadership.
The academics in FUOYE, said they have “lost confidence in the Akure Zonal Exco, saying if the situation lingers any longer, they are determined to use all available conventional avenues to assert their responsibility and defend the image which the zone seems determined to destroy”
The Forum of Concerned Academics, FCA, led by Prof. Sola Omotola, the Chairman and Dr. Wasiu Oyedokun Alli, spokesman, with other members,while addressing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti state capital yesterday said the body is disociating themselves from the last press conference held in Akure,Ondo State last Thursday.
FUOYE FCA, however said they are worried by the silence of the NEC on the ASUU FUOYE crisis, saying they assume this stems from gross
misinformation by the Zone, which has been compromised.
Olufayo, while debunking the allegation that he was meddling in
FUOYE’s affairs and taking steps that could undermine the university,said the lecturers lack the locus standi to pass vote of no confidence on him.
The ASUU Chief added that he inherited the struggle to reposition
FUOYE from his predecessor and that it would be wrong for his
colleagues in the institutions to brand him as agent of destruction
or unnecessarily antagonistic to authorities.
“We did not mean to cause crisis in the university, but we became
confrontational when the VC started victimising those who were
fighting for good governance in FUOYE. Two lecturers were sacked and they are now in the court of law.
They however declared Prof. Olu Olu, personal non-grata, in FUOYE.
They condemned him for his action against FUOYE, saying “Enough is
Enough”, saying why Prof. Olu Olu, has refuse to conduct election
into ASUU position in Ekiti State University, EKSU, where he belongs,
because of his seat tight syndrome and probably he is power drunk in
“We want to use this medium to call on the NEC ASUU to send in an
independent team that will be completely neutral and objectives to assess our situation”
The body however debunked the claims by Zonal ASUU on the appointment of Professors without PhDs in FUOYE saying such a thing never happened but the case in questions was that of Professor Borokini, who has presented his inaugural lecture in May 2015, but became a professor at Benson Idahosa University in 2012 and now coming to FUOYE as a professor was the third leg of his professorial career.
On suspension of Omonijo without pay,FUOYE FCA noted that Omonijo has been suspended without pay and he deservedly so. He appeared before an investigative committee of Council where he was asked to do two things.
According to the FUOYE academics, FUOYE is a nascent but fast-growing university. The university management deserves commendation for the giant strides it has taken to make FUOYE leapfrog its contemporaries in many respect.
“They condemned Akure ASUU Zonal Leadership for their self-serving blackmail and destruction of the university in FUOYE, saying this is totally unacceptable to them”
“If the vice Chancellor is sure of himself, let him allow an
independent panel from the federal ministry of education to probe all
our allegations to lay this lingering crisis to rest”.
On his alleged refusal to step down as ASUU EKSU one year after the
expiration of his tenure,Olufayo said: “They have no right to poke
nose into EKSU’s issue.
“I was to leave last year May,but I had an accident in April and I
was hospitalised. I was in the hospital when the ASUU strike began and ended in February, so how would I hold election under this circumstance?
“I am not a sit tight person. Very soon, election will be held and my
successor will emerge. Let me also say that no blackmail will stop me
from fighting for good governance in FUOYE”,he stated.