SSANU demands FUNAAB VC’s resignation over fraud allegation
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) yesterday called on the embattled Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Prof. Olusola Oyewole currently being questioned for fraud allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to resign from his position.
The union maintained that based on moral grounds, Prof. Oyewole has no right to continue as the institution’s helmsman.
Already, the union said three of its members, including the Director, Environmental Management of the institution, Emmanuel Bankole, Deputy Director, Agricultural Medial Research Extension Centre, Lasun Somoye, and Princial Assistant Registrar of the institution, Abdusubor Salaam have been suspended by the VC for writing a petition against him.
The solidarity protest by the union members at the EFCC zonal office in Ibadan was attended by SSANU members from University of Ibadan (UI), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and FUNAAB.
On behalf of the union, the Chairman of SSANU, UI chapter, Wale Akinremi, disclosed that the FUNAAB Act states that once an official is under criminal investigation, such a person is automatically suspended.
Akinremi said: “We are here on behalf of public interest, universities in Nigeria and the education sector to expose the rot in the education sector. As SSANU we shall not tolerate injustice and corruption. The Federal Government needs to beam its searchlight on the pro-chancellors, vice chancellors and bursars.
“On the case of FUNAAB, it is practically established that the vice chancellor is not fit to be there; he is not fit to hold public position because of alleged fraudulent activities and mismanagement of the institution’s resources levelled against him. That is why he is being quizzed by the EFCC. ”