FUOYE lecturers pass vote of no confidence on ASUU leader
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Forum of Concerned Academics, (FCA) of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has passed a vote of no confidence on the leadership of Akure Zonal Executives of Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, (ASUU) led by Prof. Olufayo Olu Olu.
The academics in FUOYE maintained that “They have lost confidence in the Akure Zonal Exco, saying that if the situation lingers ,they are determined to use all available conventional avenues to assert their responsibility and defend the image which the zone seems determined to destroy”
The Forum , led by its Chaiman, Prof. Sola Omotola, and its Spokesman, Dr. Wasiu Oyedokun Alli with other members, while addressing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti said the body is dissociating itself from the last press conference held in Akure ,the Ondo state capital last Thursday.
FUOYE FCA, however said that they are worried by the silence of the NEC on the ASUU FUOYE crisis, adding that they assume that this stems from gross misinformation by the zone, which according to them has been compromised.
They however declared Prof.Olu Olu a persona non-grata in FUOYE.
They condemned him for his action against the University, noting that he has refused to conduct election into ASUU positions in Ekiti State University, (EKSU) where he belongs.
“We want to use this medium to call on the NEC ASUU to send in an independent team that will be completely neutral and objective to address our situation”, the FCA added.
The body debunked the claims by the Zonal ASUU on the appointment of Professors without PhDs in FUOYE saying such a thing never happened.
“The case in question was that of Prof. Borokini, who has presented his inaugural lecture in May 2015, but became a professor at Benson Idahosa University in 2012 and now coming to FUOYE as a professor was the third leg of his professorial career”.
According to the FUOYE academics, the University is a fast-growing University, therefore, the university’s management deserves commendation for the giant strides it has taken to make FUOYE stand out among its contemporaries in Nigeria.
The body called on the Vice Chancellor of the institution to allow an independent panel from the Federal Ministry of Education to probe all the allegations, in order to lay the lingering crisis to rest.
Olu Olu, while debunking the allegation that he was meddling in FUOYE’s affairs and taking steps that could undermine the university, said the lecturers lack the locus standi to pass vote of no confidence on him.
The ASUU Chief added that he inherited the struggle to reposition FUOYE from his predecessor and that it would be wrong for his colleagues in the institution to brand him as agent of destruction or unnecessarily antagonistic to authorities.
We did not mean to cause crisis in the university, but we became confrontational when the VC started victimising those who were fighting for good governance in FUOYE. Two lecturers were sacked and they are now in the court of law”, he stated.
On his alleged refusal to step down as ASUU EKSU one year after the expiration of his tenure, Olu Olu said: “They have no right to delve into EKSU’s afairs
I was to leave last year May, but I had an accident in April and I was hospitalised. I was in the hospital when the ASUU strike began and ended in February, so how would I hold election under this circumstance?
I I am not a sit tight person. Very soon, election will be held and my successor will emerge. Let me also say that no blackmail will stop me from fighting for good governance in FUOYE”, he stressed.