The Federal Ministry of Education has waded into the feud between the local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE).
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oladapo Fasina, who disclosed this yesterday at Oye-Ekiti, said that the supervising ministry after receiving the petition from ASUU local chapter and a response from the Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Kayode Soremekun, decided to intervene to nip the crisis in the bud. He, however, declined further comments regarding the decision of the ministry because of the sensitive nature of the matter.
Of recent, a faction of the local ASUU at FUOYE had in a petition to the Federal Ministry of Education called for a visitation panel to unravel some of the allegations contained in its petition against the VC. Some of the allegations against the VC include failure to provide infrastructure in the institution, illegal recruitment and misappropriation of funds, all of which were said to have been denied by him in his reply to the Minister of Education.
The vice-chancellor was said to have told the minister that the petitioners failed to consult the ASUU congress before sending the petition through the national body, saying that there was a deliberate attempt to mislead the minister about happenings in the university. He said: “If the national president of ASUU had taken time to make consultations, he would have been able to get the facts about the real situation rather than relying on the lies furnished him by the chairman of the local chapter of ASUU.
“Contrary to allegations of inadequate infrastructure at the institution, the present management has embarked on the construction of over 30 various projects some of which had been completed, which has led to the accreditation of all courses in the university, preparatory for the current academic session.
“As a result of some of the feats and innovations at FUOYE, it ranked the best among those that were established at the same time and 14th among all the universities in Nigeria in the last ranking exercise carried out by the National Universities Commission, (NUC).
“Currently, the university has got approval for the commencement of law programme from the NUC, only awaiting the nod of the law regulatory body while that of medicine is underway.“FUOYE remains the only university among six others that were established in 2011 that is running two campuses, one at Oye-Ekiti and the other one at Ikole-Ekiti and the management has ensured that necessary infrastructure for the convenience of the students is being put in place.”
The chairman of the local chapter of ASUU, Dr. Akinyemi Omonijo is equally not in the good side of some of his executive members and the entire congress as he was being accused of running the union like personal property.