The management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB has said that it sacked 23 members of staff for stealing the University properties, insubordination, disregard to constituted authorities, amongst other offences.
In a statement signed by the Registrar of the University who also doubled as the Secretary of the Governing Council, Mathew Ayoola, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, the Council said the decision was taken to reposition the university and restore peace within its campus.
The statement also added that the disengaged staff erred and were shown the way out following various offences allegedly committed them.
The statement was however silent on what was stolen by who and who disregarded what directive by the constituted authority.
The university management also claimed the affected staff absconded from assigned duty posts, engaged in sabotage and other forms of gross misconduct prejudicial to good governance and peace of the University.
Recall that all executive members of the branch’s Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU were among the sacked staff.
Also included were three members of the association who were suspected to have written a petition against the school management to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The statement reads in part, “Council also disengaged some erring staff from the services of the University for various offences, which includes stealing of University property, insubordination, wilful disobedience to lawful instructions, absconding from assigned duty posts, sabotage and other forms of gross misconduct, prejudicial to good governance and peace of the University.
“This is in line with the resolve of the Governing Council to fullfil its statutory roles of ensuring the stability of the University.
“Council enjoined all staff to be dedicated to duty, as necessary steps are being taken to attend to issues of welfare, such as promotions, staff training and development while reiterating its resolve not to entertain any form of indiscipline in the University.”
Meanwhile, the affected staff has described the allegation as a cooked up meant to cover up the accusation of stealing and abuse of office leveld against the management of the institution.
In a statement made available under anonymity yesterday by one of the staff whose employment was terminated, it was said that none of the disengaged staff was at no time or the other queried or investigated by the school management.
The statement read, “It is a cooked up reaction to the allegations leveled against them. Imagine someone who was accused of stealing, now alleging that another person stole.
“The allegations are cooked up, unreal and just part of the attempts to wickedly cover up the tracks of the Vice- Chancellor and Council over the allegations of fraud leveled against them.
“None of the 23 staff were ever queried for any of the allegations leveled against them. They were never investigated but all of a sudden, they were alleged to have been dismissed on the trumped up allegations.”