BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Sequel to the announcement of the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife by its Governing Council, workers of the institution on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 shut down the campus main gate in protest against the development.
The former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the university, Professor Ayobami Taofeek Salami had been approved and appointed as the VC at the council’s meeting held on Monday evening in Abuja.
It would be recalled that there had been legal tussle on the appointment on the new Vice Chancellor for the institution.
The non-teaching staff of the university including Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) had kicked against the procedure for the selection.
But the workers of the university kicked against the choice of Salami alleging that he was sponsored to replace Bamitale Omole in order to cover his alleged mismanagement in office.
The angry workers who stormed the campus main gate, chased the security guards manning the gates away and shut it for several hours.
The protesters accused the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Bamitale Omole of mismanaging the school’s revenue running to several millions of Naira.
It was gathered that the protesting workers also chased staff out of their various offices insisting that the governing council must rescind its decision.
The protesters, was gathered threatened to disrupt the ongoing registration and planned orientation of the newly admitted students of the university.
The fresh students of the university have just resumed two weeks ago and they were undergoing orientation courses while the returning students are expected to return into the campus on June 25th 2016.
Owing to this fresh crisis, fresh students who have just resumed the campus may be asked to return to their various homes should the situation become unbearable for the management.
Our correspondent gathered that the outgoing Vice Chancellor and other top management staff are yet to return to the university for comment.
Professor Salami was a former Director, Institute of Ecology in the university before his appointment.
The unions of non-teaching staff in the institution – Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) had dragged the Council to court to stop the process on the allegation of deliberately ignoring the rules guiding appointment of a new VC.
Six candidates were initially shortlisted but only three, including Salami, were invited for the final interview by the council.