The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) chapters of the University of Ibadan have decided to wade in into lingering crisis by petitioning the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu on alleged bais, manipulations and irregularities that have characterised the selection of the next Vice Chancellor of the institution following the tenure expiration of the incubent Vice Chancellor.
Akedeoyo.com had reported last week how the extrances to the Instructions were locked due to the protest by workers who alleged that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka wants to impose his Deputy, Professor Kayode Adebowale as his successor.
Part of the petition reads“the process according to observations and analysis of individuals and groups in the University is fraught with irregularities, manipulations and brazen biases that have consequently provoked petitions and widespread crisis on the campus.
“Consequently, as veritable stakeholders in the university, we have decided to intimate the Honourable Minister of the developments with a view to finding durable solutions to this, and other ancillary matters.”
The Petition also include the immediate suspension of the initial selection process, and nominate a Vice Chancellor in acting capacity for the time being.
However, to find a lasting solution to this crisis, they recommended that the Education Minister should order the “immediate suspension of the initial tainted process that is pre-arranged to foist a preferred candidate on the University.
“Direct the Governing Council to request the Petitions Committee to look into the available petitions.
“The Minister should look into the activities of the present Governing Council particularly to assess their performance in relation to the incessant industrial crises since the assumption of office of Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka.
” The Governing Council should direct Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka to process on leave and allow an Acting Vice Chancellor to start the provess of the appointment all over.”