The Academic Staff Union of Universities at the Osun State University has condemned the Governing Council of the institution for recommending the termination of appointment of its suspended Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bashir Okesina.
Although the alleged recommendation of the council, headed by Prof. Gabriel Olawoyin (SAN), has not been made public, the ASUU, in a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Oluseye Abiona, and other members of the executive, kicked against the recommendation describing it as prejudicial.
The statement was also signed by the ASUU Secretary, Mr. Wende Olaosebikan; Treasurer, Mr. Sunday Sasona; Welfare Officer, Mr. Samuel Kayode; Internal Auditor, Dr. A.A. Adewumi; and Legal Officer, Nasir Adeniyi.
Others are Prof. A. W. Gbolagade (member); Dr. Kola Olusanya (member), and Dr. A.O. Popoola(member).
The statement read, “ASUU UNIOSUN wishes to state categorically and condemn in strong terms the termination of appointments of the university bursar and registrar as well as the recommendation for termination of appointment of the vice chancellor.
“We view the sacking of these principal officers as prejudicial and done in bad faith on the strength of the fact that it violates the principle of equity and fairness.
“It is instructive to state that a Visitation Panel was instituted by Governor of the State of Osun and the report submitted.
“ASUU UNIOSUN is of the opinion that it would have been better for the council to wait for the White Paper on the report to be released by the Governor before assuming the position of a judge in their own case.
” Against the backdrop of the foregoing, ASUU UNIOSUN hereby calls for the immediate reversal if this decision.”
Efforts to speak to the chairman of the Governing Council proved abortive as Olawoyin rejected a call put across to him by our correspondent and he had yet to reply the text message sent to him to confirm the recommendation.
The VC, Okesina, said he was not aware of the recommendation for the termination of his appointment.
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