The crisis bedeviling the process of appointment of a new vice chancellor for the University of Ibadan appears to be thickening on daily basis as the Joint Action Congress (JAC) of the Non – Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU) of the Institution, has responded to the threats of the Senate members of the University, saying it lacks power to punish them.
The JAC NASU, SSANU disclosed that the Union members on October 28, 2020, staged a peaceful protest against the process of the appointment of the 13th Vice Chancellor of the Institution, to show their displeasure over the six contestants that were to be screened by the council.
Saturday Independent report that the Union, through the SSANU Chairman, Comrade Akinwale Akinremi maintained that they were not at any point in time as being assumed by the Senate of the University, taken the duty or responsibilities of appointing the Vice Chancellor of the University, but suggesting on the ways and manners of the process of its appointment.
Union members noted that they only recommended a comprehensive change in the process of the appointment of the Vice Chancellor, stressing that the power of the Vice Chancellor in the selection and election of the Deputy Vice Chancellor should be reduced, while composition of Council must be reviewed.
The Union maintained that it’s their legal rights as major stakeholders in the University of Ibadan to protest against wrong process of the appointment of the 13th Vice Chancellor of the institution, saying they did not hurt anyone as a result of their protest on Wednesday 28th, October 2020 held in the institution.
Comrade Akinremi, noted that the act that established the University has defined roles and line of responsibility of the Senate.
He said, every staff has a role to play in the choice of appointing the Vice Chancellor, by providing their suggestions on any of the applicants, so that it will not be a shame on all the stakeholders when eventually the Vice Chancellor appointed and later arrested by security operatives for some kind of unlawful and fraudulent acts.
“The responsibility of Senate is purely academic but not Union matters. We want the federal government to pay academic staff because idleness is affecting them. Senate has no right to seat on our matters.”
Akinremi said what happened at the emergency meeting of the Senate on Wednesday was not a true representation.
“We have right to protest, we are part and parcel of the University. Senate has no power to punish us for expressing our view on the process of who becomes the Vice Chancellor of our Institution. We will not use our energy to address what they said. We can’t take them serious. It is not a reflection of the University of Ibadan Senate.
“So it’s our duty as one of the stakeholders of the institution to see that we register our suggestions and opinions before the final appointment of the Vice Chancellor of the University gets to approval stage, and that is exactly what we have been doing. We are not in any battle with anyone.
“We have made our position known and we cannot be a judge in our own case. While we await final resolution of the conundrum, we want to also make use of this platform to commend all the shortlisted candidates for their maturity and forbearance during the protests.
We also appreciate the Council Chairman for his fatherly presence to address our Congress, while we also appreciate Professor Ezekiel Ayoola and Peter Olapegba for having the confidence in our Congress that they are harmless and peaceful friends when duo walked in through the protesting.”
Recall that the Senate members of the University on November 4, 2020, at the conclusion of its meeting disassociated self from the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU), and Non – Academic Staff Union (NASU), of the University over the last Wednesday protest.
The Senate members, after its meeting on Wednesday released a resolutions, calling on the disciplinary committee of the institution to make use of the appropriate measures to discipline both the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU), and the Non – Academic Staff Union (NASU), action for disrupting the council meeting through what they described as an uncalled-for attitude during their Wednesday, October 28 protest.
However, the members of the SSANU and NASU had maintained that the Senate of the institution has no right to punish them for expressing their rights by peaceful protest on the appointment process of the Vice Chancellor of the Institution.
The Joint Action Congress of the SSANU and NASU, maintained that the Senate members that seated on Wednesday, claimed to be 188 out of 600, are nothing but a political stooges of the current Vice Chancellor, Prof Abel Olayinka, who have been promised appointments when their preferred candidate emerge as the Vice Chancellor of the institution.
Comrade Akinremi stressed that when has it become the responsibility of the Senate to sit on matters of Union struggles in the University.
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