Workers call for restrain from union, stakeholders
A Concerned group of workers under the aegis of, FUOYE for Peace and Development (FPD), has called for restrain from all major stakeholders in the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), from actions capable of jeopardising the ongoing accelerated development of the institution.
The group urged all stakeholders to pursue their various interests in a manner that the overall objectives for establishing the institution to produce world-class graduates in a congenial environment would not be derailed.
Leader of the group, Wale Owasanoye, said in recently that FUOYE as a young institution, even though it had achieved so much in relation to its contemporaries, needs all hands to be on deck.
Owasanoye said FUOYE was not in the same state with the older universities, which may be able to absorb the kind of heat being put on the nascent institution, much of which he noted, were un- necessary.
The group reminded all the various unions operating in the campus that while the university management would not muzzle union bodies, the overall objectives and mission of the institution for workers and students in particular, would be permanent, adding that this should guide how every stakeholder, especially the unions pursues their interest.
Owasanoye bemoaned a situation where a few workers in the university were trying to use collective aspirations of workers in to achieve what he described as ‘selfish and personal goals’, which he noted was in conflict with the overall objectives of the institution.
While reflecting on the recent protest by some members of the institution’s Non-Academic staff, Owasanoye observed that some of the union leaders lacked good approach, spirit of consultation, and ability to consolidate on the existing good and warm relationship between the unions and management.
FPD said protest and strike should not be the first approach to some of the issues affecting the institution, adding that the hazard allowance and other welfare packages demanded by the unions should be pursued in such a realistic way that could elicit Federal Government’s assistance rather than portraying the university in a bad light.