UI Unions Don’t Hate Me, They Shout My Name Because There is No Money in the System – UI VC Reveals


The Vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, spoke on the loggerheads between him and the Unions of the University, saying that the unions do not hate him as a person, or because he is ugly, but because of the economic situation of the country.

This Newspaper recalls that the strife between him and the Unions is related to transition.

His media assistant, Mr. Sunday Saanu quoted him as saying that “these unions that are agitating do not hate me because I am ugly. I am not ugly. At least my wife told me that I am handsome. But the real reason why these unionists are shouting my name everywhere is because of the paucity of fund in the system. There is no money. Federal government does not allow us to charge appropriate school fees, yet the money coming from the federal government is like a drop in the ocean”

“Currently, UI is owning Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company N49million. We don’t have that money. We have to plead with the electricity company to give us time. If they disconnect us now, pressmen will go to town with screaming headlines that UI is bankrupt. We should please appeal to the unions to see reasons with us. The money is not just there” Prof. Olayinka stated.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Bovas and Company Limited at the second gate of the University of Ibadan, Ajibode junction where the oil company plans to open a station, the outgoing VC stressed that with the poor economy in the country, everyone was tensed up, adding, “workers are agitating, students are impatient if we fail to pay for Internet”

He insisted, “we are one family in UI. I know that the unions don’t hate me. The major problem is nothing but money. Money is the problem causing the sleepless nights. But I believe with time, this hard time shall pass away.”


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