By Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO EKITI—Workers and the management of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, yesterday, bickered over the sack of 10 workers of the institution for alleged unruly behavior.
The institution had sacked 10 workers who were believed to have led a protest against the management on December 18, 2014, asking the University to stop alleged outrageous tax deduction , halt National Housing Fund deduction and confirm staff appointments among other demands.
During the protest,the aggrieved workers closed down the institution and disrupted commercial activities in the town.
They called on the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Isaac Asuzu to rescind his decision for normalcy to return.
The protesters locked the doors that led to the various offices including that of the Vice Chancellor thereby preventing academic activities on the campus.
It took the intervention of a detachment of soldiers to disperse the protesters who forced the doors open to pave way for some of the staff that were locked inside to come out.
Speaking with the newsmen, leaders of the protest and victims, Mr Foluso Ojo and Miss Obadore Kemisola (who were Executive Officers in the University), said that the management erred in sacking them for leading a protest to demand for their rights.
But Prof Asuzu, who defended the action said the University took the action to prevent few individuals from destabilizing the university, adding that their sack is in line with the recommendations
of the Prof Omoleyin-led panel set up to try the alleged offenders.
The VC said there was no discrimination in the trial of the alleged offenders as claimed by the victims.
Describing their sack as illegal and high point of wickedness, Ojo said what they demanded from the management were confirmation of staff appointments, promotion of staff and stoppage NHF deduction among other issues.