By Biodun Ogundare
The Academic Staff Union of Universities,ASUU, has flayed theÂ Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye in Ogun State, and National Universities Commission, NUC, over the present crisis of mass disengagement of staff rocking the institution.
The Zonal Head of ASUU, Professor Kayode Bamigbose, made this declaration recently at a press conference organized to intimate the public on the current crisis in OOU.
The event which took place atÂ Julius Bergerâ€™s Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka was attended by Dr Adekola Nazir, Chairman ASUU, OOU, Dr Karo Igbinoka, Chairman ASUU, UNILAG. Also in attendance was Head of Political Department, UNILAG, ProfÂ Solomon Akinboye.
According to Professor Bamigbose, the crisis in Olabisi Onabanjo has been in a most distressing state because of the ways the Ogun State Government and the Governing Council of the Institution have chosen to imposeÂ on it their own form of reform by relieving 138 academic staff of their jobs without recourse to due process. These members include eight professors, many associate professors, senior lecturers and many other experienced andÂ academics of high quality endowment.
Other allegations leviedÂ against the Management and the government of the state are termination of mutually agreed schedule payment of outstanding entitlements of staff, insensitivity to the well being of staff,Â scrapping of Faculties and Department among others.
He said â€œThe Olabisi Onabanjo University has been pushed into a most distressing state in the last one year by the position foisted on it by the Governing Council constituted by the Ogun State Government. More worrisome is that its future remains gloomy even with the myriad of efforts and intervention by eminent persons and bodies.
The University relieved academic staff of their jobs without recourse to due process; smooth running of programmes and NUC, MDCN etc accreditation needs. At the last count, we have recorded 138′. With a full time student population of about 18,000, OOU has an academic strength of less than 500.
â€œThe University in a show of absurdity oppression and insensitivity to well being of staff stopped deductions into staff welfare programmes (Cooperatives, Retirement Funds, Welfare Funds, Union Dues).
The University council forced a programme ofÂ rationalization of academic disciplines on Senate, scrapped Faculties and Department all without recourse to due process, The university unilaterally terminated the mutually agreed schedule of payment of outstanding entitlement of staff(arrears of monetised salaries and CONUASS) and subsequently refused to have a reviewed programmes of payment with staffâ€.
He lamented that NUC representatives in the Governing Council of the Institution are not living up to their responsibilities .
â€œWe suspect thatÂ the NUC representatives inÂ council is not living up to its responsibilities in advisingÂ the council against the mass disengagement and the implication for the approval of the Universityâ€™s Programmes. We are watching to see the NUC verdict on OOUâ€™sÂ Programmes soonâ€
The University don further maintained the Union has resolved that no ASUU member should henceforth take up any form of appointmentÂ with Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, until the crisis of mass sack of lecturers in the University is resolved.