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.