By Samuel Faleye, Akure
The crisis currently rocking the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure has assumed another dimension with the call on its Vice Chancellor, Prof.Adebiyi Daramola to apologise to the Deji of Akure,Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo for alleged disrespect to the traditional institution.
Prof Daramola and workers in the institution had been at logger heads for several months leading to the disruption of academic activities in the ivory tower.
The Akure community leaders and stakeholders, under the auspices of the Akure Community Development Forum (ACDF), met at the palace of the monarch Deji of Akure on Wednesday, to deliberate on various developments in the community in recent times.
Prominent on their agenda was the ongoing crisis at FUTA, in which the community expressed concerns and called for peace and quick resolution by the various parties as well as law enforcement agents in order to prevent the conflict from degenerating further.
The Community commended the fatherly role played by the Deji in preventing the escalation of the crisis by calming the nerves of the various gladiators in the FUTA crisis in the last couple of months.
However, the Akure Community in a communique after its meeting signed by the ACDF General Secretary,C.E Olusola,Chairman,Chief Reuben Fasoranti and Chairman,Akure Council of Chiefs,High Chief James Olusoga condemned the lack of respect for the traditional institution of Akure allegedly displayed by Prof. Adebiyi Daramola.
The communique reads“We observed with utter disappointment and shock, the manner in which the VC has dragged the Deji-in-Council and the Community into contempt with his utterances and behaviour.
“The Community notes that it is sacrilegious for him to desecrate the traditional institution of Akure, and this will not be tolerated by the people of Akure Kingdom.
“The Community has now issued a seven-day ultimatum to Prof Daramola to apologise to the Deji of Akure and the Akure Community for the lack of respect he has shown to our traditional institution.