Ekiti varsity to sack 500, to demote profs
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Palpable tension has gripped staff of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, as the management of the university has concluded plans to sack about 500 staff of the institution.
According to sources close to the university, the affected staff were those employed by the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele during his tenure.
It was also learnt that the affected professors promoted during the tenure of the immediate past Vice-chancellor might be demoted over allegation that academic due process was not strictly adhered to in their elevations .
One of the affected persons, who craved anonymity, said the new management , headed by Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof Bamitale Omole, had consistently been complaining of overbloated workforce in the university and that prompt action must be taken to rectify it.
The Academics Staff Union of Universities, EKSU chapter , had in September threatened to embark on strike due to inability to pay their salaries and other benefits.
The ASUU chairman , Dr Kayode Arogundade, disclosed that the monthly wage bill of the university had increased from N380 million to over N502 million, while the monthly subvention from government stood at N260 million, leaving the university to grapple hard to make up for the N262m shortfall internally.
The source , who was employed as an academic staff said: “yes, it was true, the management will soon issue out sack letters to over 500 staff because the university was overstaffed.
“We have been notified and anytime from now, the letters of disengagement will be distributed and this has been creating panic and tension in the university “, he said.
It was also gathered that some lecturers, who circumvented academic process to earn their professorial titles and other positions will be demoted .
Debunking the allegation, EKSU’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, said the management has no plan to sack or demote any worker.
“There is no tension on campus over sack issue , I am on campus as I speak with you. The university is peaceful and I am not aware of any such plan”, he said.