"The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Vice-Chancellors of three universities in the country over alleged abuse of office, gross misconduct and corrupt practices.
The Vice-Chancellor are: Prof Olusola Oyewole, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof Biyi Daramola, Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Prof. Michael Adikwu, University of Ibadan (UNIABUJA).
The National Vice-President of the union, Western Zone, Comrade Alfred Jimoh made the call Friday while addressing journalist at University of Ibadan, Ibadan. He accused Prof Oyewole of sacking their members when he discovered that they were the ones that exposed his alleged high level corruption and abuse of office alleged to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“As at the last count, he has sacked twenty three (23) members of SSANU in FUNAAB without following due process and he is still threatening to sack more, yet he has not been able to disprove any of the allegations against him.
“Also in FUTA, similar scenario is happening and Prof Daramola has been accused of corrupt practices and should be placed on suspension. At UNIABUJA, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Adikwu has suspended the Chairman and Secretary of SSANU without even half salary, for daring to ask question about the ongoing maladministration in the university of Abuja.
“To the best of our knowledge, Nigerians voted President Muhamadu Buhari into power for three major reasons out of which are: Fight Against Corruption, which had become a very deadly cancer that had eaten deep into the fiber of the Nigerian society is among. It is with this in mind that SSANU as a responsible Union in the highest echelon of Nigerian education sector, has chosen to exercise a lot of constraints and understanding with the government thus far, even in the face of serious pressure from its members at the branch levels, believing that President Buhari and his government meant well with this well thought out Three-Points-Agenda.
“This was what made SSANU to openly key into the Anti-corruption war of the Buhari Administration vide its Communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, between 11th-12th August, 2016″.
SSANU’s demands to President Buhari includes;” The immediate and unconditional recall and protection of all SSANU members sacked by the rampaging Vice Chancellors (FUNAAB and UNIABUJA), Adequate protection for the lives, properties and job of all SSANU members particularly, the whistle blowers. The immediate removal of the following Vice Chancellors: (Prof. Olusola Oyewole-FUNAAB, Prof. Biyi Daramola-FUTA, Prof. Michael Adikwu-UNIABUJA).
Reversal of all impunities committed by these Vice Chancellors against our members, including the ones which they use their compromised Councils to do under the guise of University autonomy. Autonomy does not include protection for impunity and thieves.
“Immediate arraignment of the Vice Chancellors by the EFCC and ICPC.
Immediate setting up of a special Visitation Panel to visit these Universities (FUNAAB, FUTA and UNIABUJA) and indeed any other universities where such infractions are found henceforth. The recovery of all the looted funds of the Universities and the prosecution of all the Vice Chancellors and individuals fingered for corruption.”Mind you, the article you just concluded are not of me but of The Nation's.