FECA ASUP protests imposition of Provost
By Tola Gbadamosi
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Federal College of Agriculture, (FECA) Akure, have vowed to continue with their protest and ‘paralyse’ academic activities in the school until their demands are met by the authority.
The union’s leaders had on Monday embarked on a peaceful protest that paralysed academic activities in the college over the removal of the acting Provost of the institution, Dr Emmanuel Moyinjesu and replaced with another officer which they claimed did not follow due process.
The ASUP members carried different placards with inscriptions such as:”Dissolve FECA Governing Board Now”,” Save FECA from Collapse”, “Call ARCN to Order” and “Corruption in FECA, FG Probe FECA, ” to show their grievance.
Speaking with The Hope, Comrade Abimbola Ogunyinka, the Chairman of the FECA ASUP, said that the removed acting provost had been piloting the administration of the college peacefully since he assumed office since last year.
Ogunyinka added that the stipulated rules for appointing provost were not followed.
“There is no problem for removing him, but they must tell us his offence, because the rules stipulated that the most senior staff should be appointed as acting provost when there is vacancy.
“But surprisingly, the newly appointed acting provost is fourth position on the line and it came to us suddenly just late last Friday.
We have had many acting provosts in the college and due process was followed. Why the difference now? Even of recent, the Agric Research College of Nigeria (ARCN) appointed the most senior officer at the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan,” he said.
Ogunyinka threatened that there would be no academic activity in the college until issues bothering the institution were resolved.
However, the newly appointed acting provost, Dr Fadiyimu Akinyemi said that the protest was normal in any organisation because everyone has right to his views, adding that it is bound to happen, especially when there is change of leadership.
“There is bound to be different opinions and views because we have freedom of expression to air our thoughts. But I must tell you that we have other two unions in the college that are not protesting and they are at their duty posts,” he said.
Akinyemi promised that the school management would look into the complaints of ASUP when officially channelled.
“The management is in place. We are together and we have appealed to them. Their grievance should be officially channelled to appropriate quarters,” he said.
He appealed to the aggrieved union to allow existing peace to continue in the college.