By Maxwell Adeleye
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has called on the governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to as a matter of urgency set up a visitation panel to the state owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA.The union in a letter to the governor and made available to journalists in Akure, said the call became imperative given the myriads of infractions committed at the institution since the last visitation exercise carried out by the immediate past administration eight years ago.
The letter which was signed by the Chairman ASUU, AAUA Branch, Dr Sola Fayose and entitled: “Dangerous dimensions/manifestations in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko and the need for urgent intervention”, asked the government to act fast before issues get out of hand at the institution.
“The use of Ad hoc committee to replace Academic Programme Committee. Tampering with the NUC Approved Academic Programme without recourse to the NUC BMAS which is the template for any sound and valid academic Programme in the Nigerian University”.
“Suspension and recommending ASUU leadership and Congress member for termination of appointment in utter disregard to the non-victimisation clause as contained in the MoU reached for the suspension of the July – October, 2016 withdrawal of service action meant to press for the payment of several months salary and deductions”.
ASUU also alleged the Vice Chancellor of flagrantly disregarding a recommendation of the last visitation panel that nobody that is above 70 years should be appointed as an employee of the Adekunle Ajasin University (even with the existence of the White Paper that has been used to sack some academics, Prof. Ajibefun, on the insistence of ASUU, said no Law stops him from appointing people above 70 years)”.
“Appointment of Prof. Adebayo Babatunde Aromolaran who was dismissed from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, into the University to destabilise the fledgling Faculty of Agriculture. Prof. Aromolaran had not been involved in academic activities for almost ten years. He was working with an NGO outside the country before his appointment”.
“Illegal transfer of academic staff by Management, presided over by him. His use of a Horticulturist to head the University Works and Services department when there were competent Engineers, Architects and Surveyors”, the letter indicates.
“Illegal recruitment of academic and non academic staff by the authorities of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, without following laid down procedures for employment. Procurement of ₦650 Million Science equipment that is obsolete”, Fayose noted.