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Federal Government Wades Into FUOYE ASUU Crisis

Delegations in a meeting. Photo: Daily Nigerian
Delegations in a meeting. Photo: Daily Nigerian

The Federal Ministry of Education has intervened in the crisis affecting the Academic Staff Union of Universities

(ASUU) chapter of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti and the institution’s management.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oladapo Fasina, who broke the news yesterday at Oye-Ekiti, added that the supervising ministry, after receiving the petition from ASUU local chapter and a response from the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, decided to intervene in the crisis.

The DVC declined further comments regarding the decision of the Ministry because of the sensitive nature of the matter.

A fraction of the local ASUU at FUOYE had, in a petition to the Federal Ministry of Education, called for a visitation panel to probe some of the allegations contained in its petition against Prof. Soremekun.

Part of the allegations against the VC include failure to provide infrastructure in the university, illegal recruitment, and misappropriation of funds, all of which were said to have been denied in his reply to the Minister of Education.

In his response to the petition, Soremekun was said to have told the Minister that the petitioners failed to consult the ASUU Congress before sending the petition through the national body, and alleged a deliberate attempt to mislead the Minister about happenings in the institution.

“If the National President of ASUU had taken time to make consultations, he would have been able to get the facts about the real situation, rather than relying on the lies furnished him by the chairman of the local chapter of ASUU.
“Contrary to allegations of inadequate infrastructure at the institution, the current management has embarked on the construction of over 30 projects, some of which had been completed, which led to the accreditation of all courses in the university, preparatory to the current academic session.

“FUOYE remains the only university among six others that were established in 2011, that is running two campuses, one at Oye, and the other one at Ikole; and the management has ensured necessary infrastructure for the convenience of the students are being put in place,” the VC responded.

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