By Kolade Larewaju
NO fewer than a total number of 962 teaching and non-teaching staff of the Ogun State Government- owned Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye (OOU), have been sacked as part of the restructuring of the institution.
The number of academic departments was also reduced from 68 to 52 while the number of Faculties was slashed from 13 to 8.
Of the 94 academic staff retrenched, seven were Professors, five Readers, nine Senior Lecturers and 73 Lecturers and Graduate Assistants.
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution, Otunba Alex Onabanjo, who announced the sack of the workers at a press conference in Abeokuta, said that the decision to sack them was based on the over bloated workforce of the institution.
He said the decision was taken after looking at other options of either increasing school fees or continuing to borrow to pay the workers.
Speaking through another member of the Governing Council, Mr. Sina Kawonise, Otunba Onabano said â€œWe met a total debt profile of N1.9 billion, much of which was incurred to augment the subvention given by the government for staff salaries. Apart from this, we inherited an over-bloated work force, far in excess NUC requirements.
â€œFrom a monthly salary bill of N65 million in 2006, the wage bill shot up to N97 million in 2007 and finally to N248 million in 2009. On its part, the government of Ogun State being the proprietor of OOU, tried its best to keep pace with the phenomenal increase in the wage bill.
â€œFrom N60 million in 2006, the government increased its monthly subvention to the university to N148 million by 2008. Not only that, the government allowed the university to keep all of its Internally Generated Revenueâ€
Otunba Onabanjo said that the Governing Council therefore had no other option than to right size adding that those disengaged were not selected because of any wrong-doing but simply because the university could no longer afford to keep them