Ondo State varsity unions begin indefinite strike
The labour unions in the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa have begun an indefinite strike action because of government’s failure to meet their demands.
The striking unions include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions (NASU).
The decision was taken at the last Joint Action Congress of the unions held at the mini campus of the institution in Okitipupa and contained in a communiqué.
The communiqué was signed by the chairman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the JAC, Temidayo Temola, David Bamigbola and Peter Akindehinde respectively, demanding the probe of the administration of the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adegoke Adegbite.
Some of their demands included inadequate funding of the university, appointment of substantive Vice Chancellor, curbing of alleged corrupt practices by Prof. Adegbite among others.
“Having explored all humanly possible means in checking all the excesses of the Acting VC and having exhausted all friendly and reasonable means in making the Acting VC to correct all the anomalies being perpetrated by him and those perpetrated under his watch, the Joint Action Congress of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa today Monday, 23rd January, 2017 hereby declare Professor Adegoke Adegbite as ‘Persona non grata’ and as such, he is not further appreciated.
“Professor Adegoke Adegbite having out-used his usefulness and relevance as supposedly exemplary leader, should immediately step aside as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University or vacate the office of the Vice Chancellor until the appointment of a substantive Vice Chancellor in accordance with relevance of qualifications, competence and experience.
“In the spirit of equality and the saying that “what is good for the goose is also good for the gander,” the Earned Allowances as agreed by SSANU, NAAT and NASU with the Federal Government in 2009 should be approved by the University Governing Council.
“The monetary claims on fuelling by Professor Adegbite outside his consolidated salary be investigated, computed and refunded into the university purse from his unpaid remuneration/benefits while all contracts executed during his tenure be scrutinised and verified,” it read in part.