– Pass vote is confidence on management

Following series of crises in Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB, the institutions branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities said it will vehemently resist any attempt to turn the institution to a banana republic.

Addressing a press conference yesterday at the University Campus, the Chairman of ASUU, Dr Adebayo Oni said the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Olusola Oyewole can not be removed by any fiat or crookedness without due process.

While addressing the call for the sack of the embattled VC and the Pro-Chancellor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe by the senior staff association of the university, the ASUU said the public should disregard negative publicity and misinformation from some aggrieved members.

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The Union which passed vote of confidence on the leadership of the university however disassociated itself from any attempt to drag the name of the University in the mud.

On the current investigation against the Vice Chancellor, ASUU said while it will not prevent the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from doing its work, case of allegation can not be taken as being guilty.

According to it, it was ethically wrong to prematurely call for the removal of any official of the University adding that EFCC is not a law court and can therefore, not be judgemental in the activities and/or pronouncements.

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The statement read in part, “The University has its internal mechanisms and due process for handling complaints; staff and students discipline as enshrined in the extant laws of the University.

“The University is not a ‘Banana Republic’ where lawlessness is condoned and stakeholders take law into their hands. Our Union will vehemently resist any attempt to turn our highly referred University into banana republic or animal farm.

“The Vice Chancellor and the council are dully appointed in line with the laws establishing the University and cannot be removed from office by fiat/crookedness without due process.

“This Union would not condone under any guise. We hereby disassociate ourselves from any clandestine move to drag the reputation of the University into the mud.

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“Our union wants to unequivocally restate her members confidence in the ability of the current University Administration and Council to continue to provide Academic, Research and Administrative leadership as well as community engagement for the overall development of our reputable University.”

The Union condemned the wanton destruction of public properties and brigandage that greeted the students protests of August 18 in the university.

It also implored Nigerian Police and other security agencies to exercise restrain and professionalism in handling student protest.