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Unions accuse Gov Fayemi of disrecpecting UNAD’s autonomy

By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado-Ekiti—The four industrial unions of the  University of Ado Ekiti UNAD  have accused the Action Congress of Nigeria  government led by Dr Kayode Fayemi of  dis- respecting  the  university’s autonomy,even as they condemned alleged  state government introduction of  outrageous tax regime for the university workers

The unions  operating under the aegis of the joint Action Committee of the university at a briefing in Ado Ekiti yesterday , argued that the Fayemi’s regime had failed to  respect the university’s autonomy by sending some government officials to commence the compilation of names of  staffers  of the university for auditing.

The four unions; the Academic Staff Union of Universitie, ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, National Association of Technologists, NAAT and Non Academic Staff Union, NASU, pointed out that the state governmentwhich is the proprietor of the university ought to be relating with the day-to- day administration of the university through the Governing Council.

Speaking on behalf of others, the chairman of the UNAD ASUU,Dr Ayan Adeleke,  said  some officials of the state government invaded the university and started compiling names of members  of staff.

The unions further called on the state government to increase the university monthly subvention,noting that the reduction of tuition fees by the state government would adversely affects the Internally Generated Revenue of the institution

‘’ We are not against the reduction of school fees by the state government, but government must increase the monthly subvention to the university

According to the union officials, the wage bill of the university stand at about N284 million on monthly basis, while the state government just release the some of N150million on monthly basis

But the state government through the Senior  Special Assistant [SSA] on Media to the governor, Mr Mojeed Jamiu in a reaction said the state government as the proprietor of the university has a right to know what is going on in the university  with a view of proffering solution to it

Jamiu said the meeting of the Visitor to the university, Dr Fayemi and the management had led to the reduction of the school fee, saying it was not unilaterally done by the state government.


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