Crisis Rocking UNIOSUN Divides Workers

The feud rocking the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) stitution has taken a new dimension as report reaching as it that workers unions are holding divergent positions on the sack of three principal officers by the governing council.

Last week, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bashiru Okesina, was recommended for sack but the Registrar and Bursar, Dr. J.O. Faniran and Mr. F.A. Lasisi, were relived of their jobs.

A statement by its Chairman and General Secretary, Lekan Adiat and A. Adesigbin, after the emergency congress of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) advised the Governing Council to wait for the Visitor, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, to release the White Paper of the visitation panel set up by the government.

SSANU said: “We are aware that the visitation panel report had been submitted to the governor and we are also aware that the White Paper is almost completed.

“We advise Governor Aregbesola to release the White Paper. Its prompt release will serve as an antidote to resolving the crisis in the university.”

Also, a delegate to the Governing Council, Prof. Wasiu Gbolagade, has written the Visitor on why he disagreeed with the sack.

In the letter, Gbolagade said: “I reminded the Governing Council that the Panel was set up by the Visitor to look into all the issues causing crises in the university; one of which is the abrupt suspension of the principal officers.

“Consequently, taking this further step of recommending the vice-chancellor for removal and termination of the appointments of the registrar and bursar is a premature action.

“It is worthy to note that the panel Chairman, Prof Daramola Adebiyi, while submitting the panel’s report, said the crises “rocking the institution had nothing to do with religion as being speculated” and were solely “administrative lapses”, hence, the Council’s decision is too abrupt and unjustifiable in my opinion.”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the sack, describing the development as prejudicial and done in bad faith.

But a group of lecturers, Senior Professors of the Osun State University, faulted ASUU’s position.

Prof. Abayomi Kizito Folorunso (French Studies), Prof. Christopher Alebiosu (Medicine), Prof. Temi Ologunorisa (Climatology), Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye (Agronomy) and Prof. Pat Akinwusi (Cardiologist) signed a statement against ASUU’s position.

The statement reads: “We are dismayed by the recent statement of the ASUU-UNIOSUN Executive on the decision of Council to terminate the appointments of some principal officers and the subsequent recommendation of same for the vice-chancellor.

“We, therefore, dissociate ourselves from the said statement because it did not emanate from the Congress of our Union.

“In the absence of a collective ASUU congress, whatever statement the ASUU chairman and his cronies have released should be disregarded by the public.

“We are a group of intellectuals with strong belief in debate before final decisions will be taken on an issue as sensitive as termination of appointment.

“In a situation where a group of individuals take advantage of the docility of our branch to ride roughshod on congress will always be challenged.”


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