BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Aggrieved members of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, chapter have berated the union’s chairman, Dr. Caleb Aborisade for saying that the selecion and appointment processes of the new Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Ayobami Taofeeq Salami were accurate, free and fair.
To this end, there is disquiet in the union as some members have disowned Aborisade faulting him for granting interviews to newspapers without the approval and consent of the union members.
Addressing a press conference in the NUJ Correspondent Chapel secretariat in Osogbo on Tuesday, Professor Adegbola Peter Akinola of Mathematic Department accompanied by professors of the university said that the interview was inaccurate and full of lies maintaining that Aborisade misrepresented the union on the VC’s appointment.
Contrary to Aborisade’s view that the process which led to appointment of Salami as free, fair and transparent, the aggrieved ASUU members faulted the process saying it was marred with irregularities and that it was done in haste in spite of a case pending in court over the matter.
They frowned that the ASUU chairman did not carry members of the association along before he made the statement in which he pledged the support ASUU for the new VC.
The concerned ASUU members condemned their Chairman for accepting that the process of selection and appointment of the new VC was free, fair and transparent.
Akinola lamented that the chairman did not consult some notable members of the union and that he did not call a congress before for thorough deliberation on the matter.
According to him, “our position is that there is no direct role assigned to the ASUU in the appointment of a VC and that should be a sufficient statement than for the chairman of ASUU to go further to say that those who have found fault in the process have to complain and to cry foul. We mince no words in saying that if the process of the selection of a new VC was free, fair and transparent we would have no problem with whoever emerges “.
The ASUU members accused the outgoing VC and his collaborators of deliberate plan selection process to include conditions which were not in originally in the advertised criteria for the appointment to the office of the VC as well as sub judice as the council quite disrespected the court and went ahead to make the purported appointment.
“This is because the selection and appointment process is at present subject litigation before the Federal High Court Osogbo which had served all the necessary processes on the parties particularly the university’s council to hold on pending the determination of the matter on notice concerning complaints of improper process and partiality brought by SSANU and NASU of the University.
“But while the matter was slated for hearing on 7th June, 2016 the university authority surreptitiously on the 6th June organized a questionable interview in Abuja at a secret location and purported to announce a candidate in utter disregard of the due process of judicial intervention. It is curious to note that three out of the four internal candidates purportedly invited for the interview could not attend”.
Therefore, the group said “if the process for the selection of a new VC is free, fair and transparent we will have no problem with whoever emerges. The truth is that the process thus far had been unfair skewed and non-transparent and at such, any Union in the system that has found necessary to complain is within the bound of decency and the law to do so”.
In his reaction, the ASUU chairman said the aggrieved members of the association who were opposing him on the issue of the new VC were not active members of ASUU and that they have not been regular in the