Following the sack of 23 lecturers of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), the national leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, to reverse the sack of the university teachers.
It will be recalled that the sacked staff were members of the association whose appointments were terminated last week by the university vice-chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, and the Governing Council.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the association’s 29th Regular National Executive Council Meeting, held in Abia State, over the weekend.
The body however appealed to the FG to set up a special visitation/investigation panel into the allegations of corruption against the VC and the Pro-Chancellor of the Governing Council, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe.
The body alleged that Oyewole and Ogunlewe sacked the lecturers because of a petition sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) bordering on allegations of corruption.
The communique reads in part, “That SSANU NEC in session, received the disgusting and shocking news of the recent developments at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNNAB), where 23 members of the Union, including the entire branch executive of SSANU had their appointments terminated from union activities and for reporting crime to the appropriate organs of government.
“NEC noted that members of the Union, in the spirit of the anti-corruption crusade of the Federal Government, through the Presidency, Federal Ministry of Education, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.
“NEC-in-session was surprised that rather than being commended for playing roles in the national interest , their appointments were terminated as a cover-up and in retaliation for exposing the rot, corruption and fraud inherent within the system and condemns the exposure, hazard and tension which members of the Union have been exposed to since the investigation started.”
Meanwhile, FUNAAB’s Governing Council at its 90th Statutory Meeting, confirmed that some staff were disengaged from the services of the university for various offences, which includes stealing of University property, insubordination, willful disobedience to lawful instructions, absconding from assigned duty posts, sabotage and other forms of gross misconduct, prejudicial to good governance and peace of the University.
The Council also approved the appointment of Mrs. Oluremi Oyewunmi as Acting University Bursar, after the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Moses Ilesanmi.