Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, FUOYE, Professor Isaac Asuzu has disclosed that all the 29 programmes being offered in the university had been accredited by the National Universities
Commission, NUC.
Prof. Asuzu spoke on the backdrop of the industrial crisis between the management and the three principal unions in the university over promotion and payment of allowances.
Asuzu warned the union leaders against flouting the labour laws that mandated the need for dialogue before embarking on strike.
The protesting unions were Senior Staff Association of Nigerian
Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union and National Association of Technologists, which had gone on strike over non-payment of the allowances to the 1,469 workers in the university.
Asuzu, who spoke in Oye Ekiti yesterday, said the accreditation of all the courses run by five faculties in the university attested to quality personnel and hard work that had been displayed by the management.
According to him, the management would continue to accord the workers’ welfare a priority and engage the unions in resolving all issues, but noted that the university would not hesitate to wield the big stick against unruly staff.
Asuzu also debunked the impression by the striking union leaders that the hazard allowance could be defrayed through the funds from pre-degree programme, saying university realises the sum of N21 million annually from the programme while it required the sum of N37.1 million monthly to pay the allowance.
He also denied the insinuation that the university was
owing five months salary of workers, describing the information as an attempt by some disgruntled union leaders to discredit the management.
“This is a university and we have a process through which a worker can embark on strike, if anybody violates the process, he will face disciplinary action.
“This is not a lawless place, but whatever action I take is not
against any individual, but the law governing a university must not be broken,” he said.
He added further that “ASUU, SSANU and NAT have opted out of the strike when they knew we had a good case. But it was only the NASU that was recalcitrant. But we thank God that it has also suspended its own strike last Friday.”

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