The Management for the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has insisted that the sack of both the former Registrar and former Bursar was not illegal but legitimate.
The institution’s Authorities while setting the record straight in a statement by the special Adviser on Media Matters to the Vice Chancellor,Wole Balogun and the Chief Information Officer to the VC, Foluso Ogunmodede state that the sacked staff were effected after due process regarding the University’s Regulations which were strictly followed and adhered to.
The attention of the Management of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has been drawn to a report on the social media, specifically the websites of Punch and ICR, and some national dailes in which the esthwhile Registrar, Mr. Olatunbosun Odusanya, was credited with statement that the Nigerian Senate has advised FUOYE Governing Council to reinstate him and former Bursar, Mrs. Bolatito Roseline Akande.
The report also claimed that the Senate asked the University to effect the reinstatement in seven days.
Furthermore, the report informed that the Ex-Registrar has, on the strength of this yet-to-be verified information from the Senate, claimed that the decision by the Senate to reverse the termination of his appointment by the FUOYE Governing Council has vindicated him. He therefore alleged that his sack, and that of the former Bursar were illegal.
While the Management wishes to set the records straight by categorically stating that the sack of both the former Registrar and former Bursar was not illegal but legitimate, as they were effected after due process regarding the University’s Regulations were strictly followed and adhered to, we also wish to state that the Management has only read the new development credited to Odusanya in the media but has not received any official statement from the Senate regarding it.
The Management also wishes to categorically put it on records that the two ex-staff members, Odusanya and Akande, were sacked by the Governing Council of the University, and not the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, and that this action was taken only after proper investigation had provided incontrovertible evidence that they had committed gross misconduct against the relevant University Regulations.
In the light of this, it is also the Governing Council, which is the highest authority of the Ivory Tower, that could take any further decision on the matter and such decision would be taken after the Governing Council has received message on any new development on the matter.
To further set the records straight , the Management wishes to again bring to the knowledge of the public what actually transpired during the arbitration by the Nigerian Senate’s Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, as chaired by the distinguished Senator Ayo Akinyelure of Ondo Central Federal Constituency, over the contending issues between the Governing Council of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), and the embattled esthwhile Registar of the Institution, Odusanya.
We wish to put it on records that what really happened during the session was indeed a revalidation of the decision of the FUOYE Governing Council ably chaired by Dr. Mohammed Yahuza, to show the way out of the University for the Ex-Registrar on the grounds of his gross misconduct in form of several infractions he committed against the University recruitment Regulations, Federal Character Commission Establishment Act and the Civil service Rules.
In fact, the esthwhile Registar got the shock of his life when the Committee utterly condemned his untenable excuse for effecting lopsided appointment in FUOYE.
The Ex-Registrar had tried to justify the several illegal appointments he made by proving that he had got waivers not to advertise the vacancies from the Federal Character Commission, and also revalidated such waivers several times. But a member of the Committee, who was apparently vexed with such untenable excuse told Odusanya that it was wrong of him and indeed several other civil service administrators in the country to indulge in getting waivers for all vacancies that exist in Federal agencies because such action is largely responsible for massive unemployment currently plaguing the nation.
Senator Adeyemi and his other colleagues had warned the Ex-Registrar and people like him in the Federal civil service to desist from such actions. The senators even promised that they would sponsor a bill that would discourage granting of arbitrary waivers on advertising existing vacancies in the federal Institutions.
The Management also recall that the Senate Committee members asked Odusanya several pertinent questions bordering on his illegal dealings as Registrar and Director of Administration (D.A) of FUOYE and he had no satisfactory answers to these questions.
Some of such questions include, Did you get approval from the University Governing Council and the VC before employing 337 staff during the period under review?; Did any Committee of the University such as comprising of the Deans of faculties and or the Heads of departments have input into the recruitment excercise you single handedly carried out? etc.
The foregoing queries and others vehemently put forward to the esthwhile Registar by the members of the Senate Committee were met with embarrassing incoherent statements from him as other members of the public present at the session watched with disbelief.
We also recall that the Senate Committee as a matter of fact, saw reasons with the University Governing Council for its decision to terminate the appointment of the esthwhile Registar.
The VC in his response to Odusanya’s spuriuos allegation that the VC was behind his sack had clarified that he was not the Governing Council that sacked the Ex-Registrar. And as a matter of fact, the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Yahuza, also gave incontrovertible evidence for the sack of the embattled ex-Registrar to the Senate Committee.
The Senate Committee resolved to attend more closely and deeply into the issues in an executive session with only the principal officers of the University and the Council members so that they could effectively arbitrate on the matter without the full glare of the public through the cameras and reporters and other members of the University who, in soldarity, were with the VC and the Council.
It was at the Executive session that the Senate Committee, having listened to both parties airring their views in a no-odds-barred manner, appealed passionately to the University Council chairman, to consider giving a soft landing for Odusanya in the interest of peace.
The Council chair, had replied the Senate Committee that while he would consider such advice, such decision, which would be a joint one by the members of the Council in a later meeting, would only be possible subject to fulfillment of certain pertinent conditions that the Council would give to the esthwhile Registar.
To further set the records straight, the two sacked Odusanya and Akande are yet to exhaust the avenues available for them to appeal the decision of the Governing Council regarding the possibility of giving them a soft landing.
Management also wishes to distance itself from the statement credited to the FUOYE Deputy Director, Corporate Services, Mr. Ademuyiwa Adeyinka as published in the dailies and on the social Media on Wednesday and Thursday, July 28 and 29, 2021 respectfully. His statements in those publications, which were qouted as responses of the University, do not represent the true position of FUOYE Management.