Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Futa Council talks About decisions to solve the lingering crisis of the citadel.
In the past eight weeks, efforts have been made by concerned individuals and groups to bring an end to the impasse that has caused immense loss and damage to the University as well as the disruption of the academic calendar and programmes. Unfortunately these efforts have not yielded positive results. Rather the situation has continued to degenerate. Utility services including electricity and water have been cut-off for over a month by the protesting unions, which has led to the destruction and loss of samples and reagents worth millions of naira. A few days ago, the leaders of the three non-teaching unions and some other staff were suspended by the University Management for insubordination.
At a Special meeting of Council held in the Board Room of the National Universities Commission (NUC), today, 2nd December 2016, to further deliberate on the crisis, Council agreed that there was the need to address the crisis in an in depth and holistic manner and to provide a platform for further dialogue among a broad spectrum of all concerned and aggrieved groups to achieve peace.
Consequently, Council decided as follows:
1. that the union leaders and other staff on suspension be recalled by the University Management ; and
2. that an Investigation Committee comprising the following be set up:
i) 1 Council nominee to serve as Chairman;
ii) 1 Representative of Council;
iii) 2 representatives of Senate;
iv) 2 representatives of Alumni; (1 member of BOT and 1 of member of Alumni Exco)
v) 2 representatives of ASUU;
vi) 2 representatives of SSANU;
vii) 2 representatives of NASU;
viii) 2 representatives of NAAT;
ix) 2 representatives of the Students Union;
x) the Deputy Registrar Legal; and
xi) the Deputy Registrar Council Affairs to serve as Secretary.
The terms of reference of the Committee are as follows:
1. to examine the immediate and remote causes of the crisis;
2. to make recommendations to Council on appropriate measures to resolve the crisis; and
3. to further recommend to Council actions to be taken to forestall such crisis in future.
The Investigation Committee will be inaugurated next week at the University and would commence work immediately. We urge members of the Committee, when established, to work in an open and transparent manner; to consult widely among all stakeholders both within and outside the University, in order to ensure its task is accomplished with all fairness and a high sense of integrity.
At this juncture, may I call on the unions to sheathe their sword and ensure their full representation on the Committee. They should accept this olive branch, call off the protest and go back to work. I also urge all members of the FUTA community to embrace peace and allow the university resume teaching and learning activities without delay.
Finally, let me assure the university community and the general public that the FUTA Council is committed to restoring peace and normalcy to the campus and would leave no stone unturned to achieve this objective."