…says factions is “rabble rouser who beg in the day, attack at night”
From Kehinde Adewole
The Management of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), has berated a faction of Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) led by Gabriel Omonijo and Olu Olu over spuriuos and false allegations it recently raised against the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun and his Director of Administration, (D.A) Mr. Olatunbosun Odunsanya, describing the ASUU faction as ” rabble rousers who beg in the day and attack at night.”
ASUU caucus led by Olu Olu and Omonijo, a staff of FUOYE who was recently suspended by management for gross misconduct had accused the Soremekun led Management of unverified financial misappropriation and alleged recruitment without due process.
But in a swift reaction, FUOYE Management in a statement through the Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Adeyinka Ademuyiwa, lambasted Omonijo and his co-travellers describing them as serial hypocritical losers raising false allegations to seek cheap relevance and publicity.
The Management noted that ASUU in FUOYE had already collapsed into several factions due to ignoble leadership style of Omonijo when he was the local Chairman before he was suspended for gross misconduct by Management. It added that Omonijo’s unpopular faction is one among five others which included Academic Staff Concerned Group; Congress of Nigerian Academics; New Academic Staff Union of FUOYE and the Remnant of ASUU which tagged itself Concerned Academic Staff of FUOYE but has been opposed to Omonijo’s unpopular faction. It also stated that other factions of the union have no issues with Management except Omonijo’s because of his pettiness, greed and insatiable desire to spread falsehood against the highly impactful tenure of Prof. Soremekun.
The statement from FUOYE management reads in part: ” The case of FUOYE ASUU faction led by a suspended staff, Mr Gabriel Omonijo and his co-travellers in mudslinging business is well known in the media and the courts. They are rabble rousers who beg in the day and attack at night . Otherwise, how do you define people who went to the leadership of ASUU at the National level to help them intervene and beg university management through a delegation that visited the school on Thursday Nov.28, 2019, led by no less a personality than the National Vice President, Comrade V.E. Osodeke but almost simultaneously went to court to contest the same issue they were begging for?
Reacting to alleged recruitment, especially as it affect the VC’s D.A, the management said: ” Everyone who knows how universities operate will testify that recruitment procedures in Federal Universities follow this pattern: Council directs that, vacant positions be advertised, usually in at least 2 national dailies; Applicants’ responses are allowed for 6 weeks within which nothing could be done; Subsequently, harvested applications are scrutinised and shortlisted following approved criteria; interviews are in turn conducted and the most suitable candidate selected.
” In addition, the regulation allows Vice-Chancellors to appoint people in some situations and obtain waivers from relevant authorities. Such appointments are later regularised within a given time-frame. Incidentally, the only grouse of these people is the thinking that the FUOYE management placed advert recently between the last Governing Council whose tenure expired in February 2020 and the new one which was inaugurated in July, 2020.
” To them, that means the adverts were done without Council’s approval, not knowing that the Governing Council, whose tenure expired in February had foreseen the possibility of a lacuna and had therefore directed management to place an advert in that regard. Once Council has given such a directive, all other administrative processes itemised earlier can go ahead, which is what FUOYE Management has done. Please, what is wrong with that?”
Explaining further, it said: ..Furthermore, all our recruitment processes are closely monitored by the Federal Character Commission and we have certificate of compliance with extant rules. So if anyone wants to pick non existing holes in our recruitment operations, which some of those alleging had been beneficiaries in the past, such people can go to Federal Character Commission and ask them why we merit certificate of compliance and teach them how to do their job better. ”
While reacting to Omonijo led ASUU faction’s unverified allegation of financial misappropriation, FUOYE management said: ” Readers should note that the same people who are making this allegation had approached a court on this same issue. Lacking patience, and not seeking fairness or justice but distractions and confusion, they are now rushing to the media to do what? ” Secondly, universities across the country are monitored and controlled through defined processes. In FUOYE’S case and with respect to 2016/2017 session in particular, both the Auditor General of the Federation and the Public Accounts Committee of the Federation are doing their jobs in this regard. Late last year, the Committee requested for some information and the university has responded. This is a normal audit process done periodically for all universities and FUOYE’S case was not peculiar.
” To imply recklessness or connote misappropriation to routinous financial controls and auditing processes is to further expose the evil intent of writers of these allegations. Finally, this faction of FUOYE ASUU should know that they cannot run the university for delegated authorities. They cannot distract this Soremekun administration which has been popularly acclaimed as performing transforming the landscape of FUOYE. These allegations are not the first and may not be the last. We are only happy that each time they come, without foundations, like a smoke, they fizzle away. However, truth has a sure footing, Soremekun’s legacies are enduring. Pity to you who chose to labour to destroy.” .