The crisis at the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Ogun State, has worsened as its Governing Council allegedly sacked 18 staff of the university. Also, the Vice – Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, in separate move, allegedly relieved 5 others of their appointments.
The decision to sack the affected university workers was reached at a meeting chaired by the Chairman of the Council, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, who is reportedly being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC). Those sacked includes three members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities; Lasun Somoye, Abdusalaam Sobbor and E.A. Bankole.
The trio were said to have written a petition against the management of the institution to the anti-graft agency – the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) relied upon to interrogate the Vice – Chancellor and others recently. Also, the trio were earlier placed on suspension by the management of the institution since August 22 with half salary before the bigger hammer fell on them last Thursday.
Others relieved of their jobs include three medical doctors – Dr Ajayi A.O., Dr Olaniran I.O. and Dr O.O. Salami, two health workers – Mr Oyero, a laboratory scientist and Miss K.O. Adeyemi, a medical record officer. According to the letter dated November 10, 2016 and signed by the School registrar, M.O. Ayoola, the school said the decision followed a re-organisation in the University system.
“Due to re-organisation in the University system, the Governing Council has directed that your services are no longer required. Your appointment as… is therefore, terminated with immediate effect. “Please hand over all University property in your possession to the Head of your Department/Unit immediately, while your Staff Identification Card should be submitted at the Establishment and Human Resources Directorate of the Registry. Please note that you will be paid one month’s salary in lieu of notice.”