Citing the recurring crisis between the management and lecturers of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti State, the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance has admonished the chairman of the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Akinyemi Omonijo, against undermining the authorities’ efforts to develop the school.
The group accused the union’s leadership of frustrating all the efforts of the university management to expand the academic and infrastructural base of the school.
LEADERSHIP reports that there have been altercations between the ASUU and the vice chancellor, a situation that has made the atmosphere not conducive for scholarly activities.
Among the allegations the ASUU chairman has made against the VC is that he appointed a professor without PhD to head the Law Department.
But the CSOs in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its president, Dominic Ogakwu, regretted that Omonijo’s consistent opposition to the university management was not in the interest of the institution as he had constituted himself into an authority that must be obeyed by the management, staff and students otherwise the university will be crippled.
Ogakwu said that available records showed that the vice chancellor in line with the government’s strategy on boosting national productivity embarked on a massive infrastructural and intellectual content expansion.
According to him, this was evidenced in the expansion of the university from four faculties to eight, with marching infrastructure, adding that other novel projects have been undertaken by the current management which should be a welcome development to anyone who appreciates the dire need for quality and accessible education.
Ogakwu said that these feats, however, are at cross purposes with Omonijo’s prism of reasoning as he feels that the institution should maintain the status quo.
The group further accused Omonijo of abusing his office and called on the ASUU national body to rein in its local chapter chairman whose activities it said was a disservice to the academia.
He said, “Our findings indicate that Dr. Omonijo has abused his office – as chairman of ASUU – and is still using the office in a manner antithetical to the forward voyage of academics in Federal University, Oye-Ekiti. Dr. Omonijo has flouted all the agreements and resolutions of the FOUYE ASUU Congress, he has pitted himself as Lord of the Manor with a blinding rage only bent on tearing down whatever achievements the university is recording all in a bid to cast aspersion on the image of the institution. This action goes against the grain of academic ethos and stands to be condemned in the court of erudition.”
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