About 24 hours after the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta terminated the appointment of 23 members of its staff, the management has threatened to sanction all non-teaching staff of the Institution.
In a circular released on Friday, which was signed by the school registrar, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the management threatened to sanction any non-teaching staff not available at his or her duty post from tomorrow.
The Institution has been on perennial crises since August following the suspension of three members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU who were allegedly involved in a petition against the School management to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Both the Chairman of the governing council and the Vice Chancellor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe and Professor Olusola Bamidele respectively have since been under investigation by the anti-graft agency while their travel documents were last week seized.
In what could be termed a clampdown, three members of SSANU who were suspected to have signed the petition were immediately suspended and later had their appointments terminated via a letter dated 10 November, 2016.
The entire branch executive of SSANU under the leadership of Comrade Rotimi Fasunwon also had their appointments terminated.
The circular reads in part, “The Governing Council at its meeting of Thursday, November 10, 2016 considered the report of recent events and happenings on campus. Council noted in particular the lingering absence of some non-teaching members of staff from duty without due process.
“Council expressed it’s displeasure at the development and directed that such absentee staff be advised in their own interest to resume work latest on Monday, November 14, 2016 failing which Management should take whatever measure it deems necessary within the Rules and Regulations of the University to handle the matter and restore normalcy and discipline on campus.
“Consequent on the above, Management hereby directs all non-teaching staff to be at their duty posts immediately. Any non-teaching staff not available at his or her duty posts as from Monday, November 14, 2016 and not officially on leave will be sanctioned accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the national executive council of SSANU has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately intervene and reverse the sack of its members.
In a letter addressed to the President dated 11th November, 2016 and signed by its President, Samson Ugwoke, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the Association faulted the actions of the school management.
According to the letter, the actions constitute a gross violation of the fundamental Human Right ‘of our members to Freedom of Expression and Association as enshrined in section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.
“Mr President Sir, the Union kindly requests your immediate intervention to reverse the sack and allow the investigation by the EFCC to continue. This we believe will encourage patriotic Nigerians to key in and actively participate in Mr President’s fight against corruption.”

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