Why FUTA VC must go, staff union leaders

By Samuel Faleye, Akure

The leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU), National Association of Academics Technologists (NAAT), and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) have insisted that the Vice-Chancellor of their institution, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola must be removed for peace to reign in the institution.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, the leaders of the unions said they stood their ground on the issue just because Daramola reign’s has become a monumental failure due to a level of corruption in the institution.

Speaking through their chairmen, SSANU, Mr. Dele Durojaye, NAAT, Omaraka Ejiro and and NASU, Bayo Aladerotohun they wondered why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is yet to make a statement on the outcome of its investigation on the VC.

Durojaye noted that the anti-graft commission has completed his investigation since last year October but up till now, it yet to prosecute the embattled Vice-chancellor or clear him of corruption.

But said they were not surprise about the action of the EFCC due to their experiences in the hands of the judiciary workers and police officers when their members were arrested and detained at the Olokuta Medium Prison in Akure.

They lamented that corruption has eaten deep into the system of the country, saying nothing goes for free.

They noted that it was the reason why Daramola is still moving freely and still parading himself as the Vice-Chancellor despite the petitions against him.

They listed some of the embezzlement to include the N2.3b FUTA Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2015, N23m TETFUND for procument of 165 units of computers, N20million fraudulent house allowance, millions of naira flow for faceless friends of the university among others.

The unions also expressed displeasure over the inability of university council to use the extant rules of the university which allows suspension of any staff or student alleged of corruption allegations.

They said “till date, Prof. Daramola has proved to be above the law (extant rules) which he (Daramola) had used on staff and students in the time past.”
According to them, the embattled VC had ruined the enviable academic profile of the institution as the best university of technology in the country and caused a sharp fall in the rating to the 17th position due to his gross misconduct and financial crimes.

Durojaiye, who is the who is also the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), particularly said “in the name of university autonomy, many VCs have been perpetrating massive corruption. The question now is that do we really need university autonomy at all?”

Durojaiye stated that impunity empowered the VC to dip hands into the institution’s treasury for his daughter’s wedding and other frivolous spending.

The Registrar of the institution, Dr. Modupe Ajayi said the council and stakeholders in town have intervened in the crisis.

Ajayi stated that since the issue is still before the anti-graft commission, the council has decided to await the resolutions of the government agency saddled with the responsibilities to handle such cases.

The Registrar implored the various unions and JAC to prevail on their members to allow peace to reign on campus, assuring them that justice would be done to the issues raised by them.

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