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The governing council of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta late Thursday night sacked 18 staff members of the institution while five others were also relieved of their appointments by the embattled Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor OlusolaOyewole.
The sacking was reached at the end of a meeting presided over by the Chairman of the Council, Senator AdeseyeOgunlewe who is also facing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
It was gathered that those sacked included three members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities; LasunSomoye, AbdusalaamSobbor and E.A. Bankole, who allegedly wrote a petition against the management of the institution to the anti graft agency.
The trio had earlier been placed on suspension by the management of the institution since August 22 before this new development.
Others were 10 executive members of the Association under the Chairmanship of RotimiFasunwon and five other staff of the institution.
Those sacked included three medical doctors; DrAjayi A.O., DrOlaniran I.O. and Dr O.O. Salami and two health workers; MrOyero, a laboratory scientist and Miss K.O. Adeyemi, a medical record officer.
According to the letter dated November 10, 2016 and signed by the School registrar, M.O. Ayoola, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the school based its action on what it called re-organisation in the University system.
Part of the letter read, “Due to re-organisation in the University system, the Governing Council has directed that your services are no longer required. Your appointment as… is therefore, terminated with immediate effect.
“Please hand over all University property in your possession to the Head of your Department/Unit immediately, while your Staff Identification Card should be submitted at the Establishment and Human Resources Directorate of the Registry. Please note that you will be paid one month’s salary in lieu of notice.”
When contacted, the Head, Directorate of Public Relations of the Institution, Emi Alawode promised to send her response on the development but as at the time of filling this report, the response is yet to be received.


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