Workers at Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo, Ondo State said that the campus of the institution will not have peace if the federal government does not appoint a vice chancellor for the institution .
Workers had previously protested the federal government’s alleged failure to appoint a vice chancellor after the institution was upgraded to a university from college of education status.
The school’s non-teaching staff unions – the Union of Senior Staff of Colleges of Education in Nigeria, the National Association of University Technologists of Nigeria and the Union of Non-Academic Staff of Universities Associated Institutions, have pledged to pursue the protest to the federal government. answers their call.
Protesters revealed that the school’s current provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, was given another four-year term to be provost instead of appointing a VC. The action, they said, was to retain the institution’s status as a college of education.
One of the protesters’ leaders and leader of the institution’s Nigeria Colleges Senior Staff Union, Comrade Obeyo Cletus, said the federal government had refused to deem the institution a university six months after his upgrade as the principal officers were not appointed, especially the Vice-Chancellor.
He said, “We are here as teaching staff of this institution. Since January this year the university was modernized and classified as a university, we do not have a vice-chancellor. We tell the government that we need our university; we need our vice-chancellor. Enough is enough.
“The head of this institution is now a provost and a provost cannot run a university. Everything we do here is illegal, because we are not yet a university without a vice-chancellor. We wrote letters to all stakeholders about this and in a month and nothing is done, there would be no peace on this campus.
The three unions at a convention held after the protest accused the Adeyemi College of Education board of trustees of frustrating the university’s take-off process despite signing the bill that transformed the institution in law by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari. (ret.).
The statement said in part: “The position of the Board of Trustees runs counter to the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria as stated in the University Gazette. The Board is hereby challenged for denying the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Unions watched with dismay as the board withheld information from staff members regarding the status of the university and used it to rename the college provost and registrar in order to torpedo the takeoff of the college. university, despite the fact that the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, is no longer in existence by law.
“The act of the Governing Council was illegal and a dereliction of duty. The official journal empowers the Board of Trustees to continue to exercise its functions as a council of the university, but not as a council of the College of Education. Therefore, such a provision overrules the Board’s decision to reappoint the Provost and Registrar for a second term when there is no longer a College of Education.
Moreover, in the statement, the congress gave the FG a 30-day ultimatum to secure “the immediate take-off of the university as established by the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (the university should have taken off from the December 23, 2021 when accentuated in law of President Muhammadu Buhari).
They also demanded “the immediate cancellation of the renewal of the mandate of the provost and the clerk of the college for a second term. The official journal should be fully implemented with immediate effect. The Federal Government of Nigeria should respect its laws and act accordingly.