By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Concerned Academic Staff Union of Universities (CASUU) ,a group at the Federal University,Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE),Ekiti State has raised the alarm that unnecessary politicization and rivalry by power seekers may ruin the union if not cautioned.
However,the FUOYE chapter has now been split into four groups due to politics among contending forces; they are: Academic staff Union of University (ASUU) headed by Dr. Akinyemi Omonijo, Congress of Nigeria Academics(CNA) , CASUU and New Academic Staff Union of FUOYE(NASUF).
ASUU, FUOYE chapter,has been embroiled in crisis over the anti-management stand maintained by Omonijo-led ASUU, which didn’t please some members.
Few weeks ago, CNA was inaugurated in the university due to the existing cracks among members.
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti ,the State capital on Thursday, the CASUU members,which spoke through its Chairman, Prof. Sola Omotola and Spokesman, Dr. Wasiu Oyedokun-Ali, accused ASUU, Akure Zone of fueling factional crisis in the university.
Oyedokun ,who read the text of the speech delivered by embattled members,said it was wrong for ASUU Chairman , Akure Zone, Prof. Olufayo Olu -Olu to have taken side initially when the bedlam started to brew before it festered to this level when no fruitful mediation was made.
The group said they decided to take the bull by the horns to rescue the union from those who have decided to run it like a ‘cult’.
He faulted the allegations of illegal promotions, mismanagement of funds and gross incompetence, among other grievous accusationsleveled by Omonijo-led ASUU against the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, describing them as baseless and unfounded.
Oyedokun said: “Our members felt the problem was not really about ASUU, it is about one man, Dr. Omonijo. To us, impeaching him have been the only option through which we can progress and that was where we stand.
“The Congress under the ASUU had earlier met in October where they resolved that Dr. Omonijo must be removed . The motion was moved and resolution taken to this effect but efforts to realize this has been sabotaged by Zonal ASUU under Prof. Olu-Olu,because he stalled the letter we sent to ASUU National Executive Committee.
“Despite this, we insist that the Congress is supreme and we decided to assert its supremacy and we proceed with the impeachment and on that we stand..
“Our focus is to rescue ASUU and make it functional again because over 50 of our members had withdrawn financial contributions to ASUU. The union seems factionalised and it needs urgent rescue mission.
“Though, politics has crept to all strata of our society but we won’t allow unnecessary politicization of ASUU, because it is a credible academic and pressure group”, he stated.
Olu-Olu had while addressing pressmen said his allegations that Prof.Soremekun have been acting like emperor was real, while also dispelling the insinuation that he was igniting crisis in the university by hobnobbing and protecting Omonijo.
The Professor of Physics said ASUU would stop at nothing to restore normalcy in the university by putting the management on its oes.
“The Zonal ASUU is not interested in causing tension or crisis in FUOYE, we are here to restore the real academic culture. How can someone who is not a PhD holder be promoted a professor? Why must you asked students to pay money to buy reagents? All these are anomalies we want to correct”,he said.