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CRISIS IN FOUYE AS ASSU ACCUSE VC OF IMPOSING AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESSOR

Another round of crisis is now brewing at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) , as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kayode Soremekun of plotting to impose an unqualified Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor , Abayomi Fasina, as his successor.

The academic union said Soremekun had allegedly been running the university like a private entity and promoting culture of ethnicity, nepotism, financial recklessness and abridgment of due process for personal aggrandizement.

ASUU said Fasina, who allegedly absconded from the Ekiti State University (EKSU) in 2015 and collected double salaries running into a sum of N3.4 million from the two universities for about six months lacks the requisite integrity to be appointed a Vice-Chancellor.

But reacting, Soremekun via the Deputy Director, Corporate Services, Adeyinka Ademuyiwa , said Prof Fasina is not being imposed by anybody.

Soremekun added that the process of getting a new VC has begun and he hopeful of the emergence of a new VC from this ‘transparent’ process, saying the Zonal ASUU, which commanded poor followership among lecturers in FUOYE lacks the credibility to impose anyone on the institution through incessant attacks and obnoxious practices.

Soremekun’s tenure will expire as VC in February, 2021.

The Coordinator of ASUU, Akure Zone, Prof Olu Olu Olufayo, who spoke at a press conference held at EKSU, on Friday, clarified that the lingering crisis between the union and FUOYE’ s management was not a personal vendetta against anybody, but to prevent the university system from being undermined and desecrated.

“About 70 Professors applied, nine were shortlisted, but we learnt Prof Fasina came first. In the advertorial, Professors from State universities were shut out from applying. We won’t resort to brigandage, but we will continue to speak against despotism, disorderliness, brutishness and arm-twisting at FUOYE.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently stop the impunity and the attempt to institutionalize same at FUOYE. For some time now, ASUU has been calling out different agencies of government to address the rot, extraordinary corruption, ineptitude and moral decadence at the University under the direction of Profs Soremekun, Fasina and a host of others. If this is left unchecked, it would be a fallacy to address FUOYE as a University.

“Under Professors Soremekun and Fasina, FUOYE has become an enslaved and conquered territory where academic freedom has long been mortgaged to nepotism, parochialism and patronage. Soremekun and Fasina have continued to run a private enterprise and surprisingly, as the tenure of the VC is coming to an end, we learnt that there are clandestine plans to enthrone Prof. Fasina as an anointed successor in a bid to enshrine a dynasty of impunity.

IBK

A young ambivert,Edu. Consultant & Admission Guide, Reporter and a PolyMath

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