By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The Senate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta said despite the allegations levelled against the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, it has reviewed the current situation in the school and passed a vote of confidence on him.
The Senate in a statement signed by the varsity’s Public Relations Officer, Emi Alawode, during its sitting said it was satisfied and supported all measures taken by the Governing Council and the University Management, to ensure peace, security and unfettered academic activities in the university.
Alawode, who quoted the Registrar and Secretary to Senate, Mathew Ayoola to have said that the Senate believes that the allegations levelled against some officers of the University, were now before a court of competent jurisdiction and hence, it reserved comment.
The VC, Pro-Chancellor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe and the Bursar, Moses Ilesanmi were dragged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly misappropriation of the University fund.
The Senate, however, noted that all accused persons are presumed innocent, until proven otherwise by the court.
The Senate, added that the process for the selection of a new VC for the university, has begun in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile, the Governing Council of the University has approved the elevation of 23 Readers as Professors, while 285 other academic and non-teaching staff have also been promoted in furtherance of its commitment to manpower and capacity development,
According to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, the promotion exercise was a call to greater responsibilities, noting that the gesture was in recognition of the dedication and contribution of the affected staff to duty, in line with the extant provisions of the University.