FUNAAB crisis deepens as unions hold rival sendoff for VC

SSANU celebrates exit with akara, NASU kicks

The crisis rocking the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as rival industrial unions disagreed over the suspension of the embattled Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Olusola Oyewole.
Amidst tight security on the campus, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) held separate rallies to antagonise and support the vice chancellor respectively.
While SSANU organised a “valedictory programme” to celebrate the exit of Oyewole, the NASU, on the other hand, held a solidarity rally for the vice chancellor and rejected his suspension.
The Federal Ministry of Education had in a letter, dated May 5, 2017, suspended Oyewole over fraud allegations and his arraignment before an Ogun State High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The letter, signed by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Hussaini Adamu, directed the VC to hand over the affairs of the institution to the most senior Deputy Vice Chancellor in the varsity.
But Oyewole, whose tenure would expire on May 23, this year, apparently defied the suspension order as he reportedly resumed in his office on Monday.
However, on Tuesday, members of SSANU rolled out the drums “to coincide with the shameful end and unceremonious exit” of the vice chancellor.
They gathered in front of the union secretariat, hired a live band, fried bean cakes, otherwise called akara, and served with bread, pap and garri amidst chants of anti-Oyewole slogans.
Metro (foto: a cow horn – file)

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