ASUU Urges Aregbesola To Reverse Suspension Of VC, Registrar And Bursar

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola (middle); Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council Osun State University, Osogbo, Professor Gabriel Adesiyan Olawoyin (2nd left) and Vice – Chancellor, Professor Adekunle Bashiru Okesina (right) during the 3rd Convocation Ceremony at Osun State University, Osogbo on Saturday 29/03/2014
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola (middle); Pro-Chancellor and
Chairman of Council Osun State University, Osogbo, Professor Gabriel
Adesiyan Olawoyin (2nd left) and Vice – Chancellor, Professor Adekunle
Bashiru Okesina (right) during the 3rd Convocation Ceremony at Osun State University, Osogbo on Saturday
29/03/2014

The national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to immediately reverse the suspension of the Vice Chancellor of Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Professor Bashir Okesina, registrar and the bursar of the institution.

The demand came against the backdrop of a lingering crisis, which had pitched the governing council and the management of the university against each other.

The pro chancellor of the institution, Professor Gabriel Olawoyin, had recently suspended three principal staff for allegedly defrauding the university, while a panel was constituted by the council to probe allegations of financial impropriety levelled against them last week Monday.

However, at a press conference addressed in Osogbo, ASUU national chairman, Professor Nasir Fagge, who was represented by Professor Segun Ajiboye, the coordinator of ASUU, Ibadan Zone, maintained that the pro chancellor lacked the power under the law that established the university to suspend the vice chancellor.

He accused the chairman of the governing council of victimising its members and also condemned the setting up of a parallel investigative body by Olawoyin, noting that the visitor to the university and Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had already constituted a visitation panel headed by the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, Professor Gregory Adebiyi, to investigate the matter.

The ASUU chairman therefore tasked Aregbesola to immediately inaugurate the visitation panel and also reverse the order suspending the vice chancellor and others, in order to grant them access to their offices, so that they can get relevant documents to prove their innocence in the matter.

Also speaking, ASUU’s national treasurer, Dr Ademola Aremu, urged the state government to ensure prompt payment of salaries and other entitlements of the union’s members working in the institution. He lamented that the state government currently owes them two months salaries.

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  1. Nigeria’s general election will hold on March 28 2015. Although you are still an undergraduate student, imagine you are elected president what would you do to improve the educational system in Nigeria?

    The necessity of an election is to promote democracy, periodically held free and fair election is one of the main principle of democracy. As a result, Nigerians and the world at large are looking forward to march 28 2015 the D-Day for emergence of a new president and a new leader after 100years (centenary) of the amalgamation of southern protectorate and northern protectorate of Nigeria in 1914 by colonial government.

    Hence, the question at the heart of every Nigeria is; is there hope for the improvement of the educational system in Nigeria with the emergence of a new president?

    Education is the basic tool for the development of the society, it is a tool for national liberation, enlightenment and knowledge. It shape the way we think and act, it build and improve the future leaders. Comprehensive observation and study of the educational system of Nigeria left no doubt that the educational system is undeveloped, as a result of poor training that brought up the teachers who are practically engaged in the skill of teaching: an adage state;”you can’t give what you don’t have”. Lack of infrastructural facilities to aid and equipped students with proper knowledge and practical skills. For instance, there is over population of students in a class with the ratio of 150 students per teacher or lecturer, lack of well equipped laboratory for practical experiment.

    Moreover, Nigerian’s society is full of corruption and loss of hope for the future; this is evident in the fact that graduates are unemployed as the government does not provide sufficient and effective job opportunity. This led to the demoralization of students in their studies as well as parents in encouraging their children to go to school.

    In addition, the educational system of Nigeria is inbuilt with periodic strike at all levels; at both primary, secondary and tertiary institution due to poor management and compromise of the government.

    Furthermore, if I am privileged to be elected as the president of Nigeria my first assignment is to look into the internal operation of educational system in Nigeria critically, for example, national union of teachers(NUT),national university commission (NUC). I will embark on operation Clean Our Schools (OCOS)to get rid of the ghost workers as well as proper check of previously employed educational staffs in the educational System to get rid of unqualified staff.

    Moreover, a stable economy will go a long way in improving the educational system in Nigeria. For instance, in terms of improve basic salary of teachers; this will motivate the teachers to carry out their work effectively.

    Hence, a stable economy will promote industrialization and this will on the other hand open door for job opportunity for graduate and thereby, awake the hope of the populace in terms of education. As a result of a stable economy and industrialization growth, educational system facilities will be improved and become more effective.

    Primarily, educational system and economy sector cannot be improved nor guaranteed without the security of lives and property. Therefore, my administration will ensure security both internally and externally to enable displaced people such as the one witness in the North Eastern part of Nigeria (yobe, adamawa and bornu) the opportunity of enjoying high standard of education under my administration.

    Further, educational system in Nigeria will be affiliated with private enterprises both at national and international to make the standard of the educational system in Nigeria similar to the standard acceptable and experienced in developed nations.

    Nevertheless, there will be subsidy on the educational system to enable the masses to benefit from improved system. This will therefore enhance massive support for education in Nigeria.

    On a final note, the educational system of Nigeria without doubt is underdeveloped, if i am privileged to be elected as the presidential head of state of Nigeria, I will correct the illness in the operation of the educational system, stabilize and improve the economy to motivate the teachers, parents and students in regards to the benefits of being educated, as well as provision of infrastructural facilities, job opportunity and primarily provide security to enable all these manifestos realistic. Will I have your votes?

    Written by: BABATUNDE ADEDAPO GODPASSDEM

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