By Laja Thomas
THE Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Otunba Alex Onabanjo has condemned the recent attack on the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Wale Are Olaitan, even as he denied sacking any member of staff of the institution, saying what he did was right sizing.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos Tuesday, Otunba Onabanjo, who was appointed last year to reposition the embattled university said, â€œas at the time I took over, the university was indebted to the tune of N1.8 billion while Ogun State government gives us N148 million monthly and it was borrowing N100 million every month to augment salary.
It doesnâ€™t make sense to borrow such money and without adequate means to pay back. All the ventures initiated by the university are not working rather they incurred debt.
â€œAfter right sizing, we no longer borrow the N100 million monthly to pay salaries, which was a huge relief for the university. You can ask anybody, things have changed drastically since we took over management of the school. It is no longer business as usual.â€
While lamenting over the monumental corruption discovered in the school, he said, â€œwe discovered too many loopholes whereby the universityâ€™s money was being siphoned and other negative vices, even from ASUU members.
They demand money from the students to boost their marks. Last week one was caught trying to have sexual relationships with a female student so that he can pass her. The case is in court.
He said the National University Commission, NUC, must ensure that people should write management and financial courses before they are appointed Vice-Chancellor of university.
His words, â€œanybody who has not taken management and financial courses should not be appointed a Vice-Chancellor of a university because he is going to manage people and resources.â€ He commended Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel for his efforts to reposition the university, describing him as a good manager of human resouces.