Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNNAB, Professor Bamidele Olusola, for the third day has been chased away from his office with charms by the angry non-academic staff of the institution.
The workers, under the aegis of Joint Action Committee, have threatened to abandon their duty post until the school management yield to their demands.
The committee included Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT of the institution.
When our correspondent visited the campus yesterday, the angry workers were seen in their hundreds in front of the senate building waiting for directive from the leadership of the unions.
Some of them were seen with charms, including dolls and cow horns covered with red cloths, while others entertained themselves with music of the Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The leaders, who approached the angry workers hours after a closed door meeting, explained that the downing of tool continues until the management gives a convincing assurance on their demand.
Addressing the congress, NASU chairman, who also heads the JAC, Comrade Ishaq Odunjo told the workers that a meeting was held with the school management late Wednesday night where the issues were discussed.
According to him, eight former vice chancellors of the university were also in attendance.
He explained that nine demands were tendered before the meeting, which included lateral conversion and upgrading of staff with additional qualifications, appointment of substantive directors to all non-academic units and provision of working tools for officers in security unit and drivers.
Other demands, according to Odunjo, include promotion of senior members who have been stagnated for about 10 years, appointment of NASU member to head the Academic Planning Unit, shortage of staff and the general welfare of members.
He explained that though the management had agreed to address some of the issues within the coming weeks, leadership of the university could not be trusted.
He explained that the unions had demanded the minutes of the senate meeting of last Monday and also that of the Wednesday meeting.
He explained that not until the minutes of the meetings were made available for records purposes, the workers would remain at the protest ground.
Efforts to speak with the head, Directorate of Public Relations of the university, Emi Alawode, proved abortive as her office was under lock and key.
Calls put across to her mobile line were not answered neither did she reply to text messages as at the time of filing in this report.

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