A cross section of workers from Osun State University, under the auspices of Joint Action Committee(JAC) which comprises all non-teaching staff have accused the Vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Labode Popoola of financial mismanagement and lack of administrative acumen.
In a press release signed by the Chairman of SSANU/JAC, Comrade Lekan Adiat, that of NASU, Comrade I.M, Fayemi, and his counterpart from NAAT, Comrade Ismail Adeleke, a copy which was made available to journalists on Friday, the union bemoaned the Vice -chancelleor for running the university aground.
While the release carpeted the V. C for misleading the general public on their demand during a press conference he addressed on Thursday, it also accused him of mismanaging over Three Billion Naira he met in the purse of the university upon his assumption of office as the Vice-chancellor.
“We wish to inform the general public that the claim by the Vice-chancellor that our struggle concerns only financial demand is a ploy to mitigate the collapse of our university and to incite the public against the innocent members of our unions because as at today, nothing is running again in our dear university, viz-a-viz office equipment, stationeries, laboratory materials, and drugs in the clinics.
“The university is still owing arrears of some items of the Earned allowances from 2009 to 2014 as against the claim of the Vice-chancellor that all the accrued arrears of Earned Allowances has been paid up till 2014.
“Kindly note that the last administration handed over Three Billion naira (N3,000,000,000) to this administration, excluding the amount claimed by Prof. Labode Popoola that UNIOSUN students were owing when he assumed office in November, 2006. What happened to all these monies.
“The Vice-chancellor also claimed that the promotion exercise is being delayed by the ongoing strike action. The practice in UNIOSUN is that the promotion exercise commences in April of each year, and conclude before October, while implementation starts on every October 1, his excuse is therefore tantamount to administrative deficiency.”
The unions stated their demands to include : Adequate funding of the university, downward review of tax, remittance of staff pension deductions among others.
It, therefore, reiterated it’s stance to continue with strike even after the National strike had been cut off.
” We wish to state that even after the end of National strike , UNIOSUN local struggle will continue.”