The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked against the restriction of application for the position of vice chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) to only professors working in federal universities.
The Coordinator of ASUU, Akure Zone, Prof Olu Olu Olufayo rejected the criterion at a press conference he addressed at the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti yesterday.
At the conference, Olufayo said it was unfair and discriminatory to disqualify professors from state universities from vying for the vice chancellorship position of the institution.
He, also, accused FUOYE’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun of plotting to impose the deputy vice chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, as his successor in violation of the university’s statute.
Olufayo said: “About 70 Professors applied, nine were shortlisted, but we learnt Prof Fasina came first. In the advertorial, professors from state universities were shut out from applying .
“We will not resort to brigandage. But we will continue to speak against despotism, disorderliness, brutishness and arm twisting at FUOYE. We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently stop the impunity and the attempt to institutionalize the same at FUOYE.
“For some time now, ASUU has been calling out different agencies of government to address the rot, extraordinary corruption, ineptitude and moral decadence at the university under the direction of Soremekun, Fasina and a host of others.
If this is left unchecked, it would be a fallacy to address FUOYE as a university. Under Professors Soremekun and Fasina, FUOYE has become an enslaved and conquered territory where academic freedom has long been mortgaged to nepotism, parochialism and patronage.
Soremekun and Fasina have continued to run a private enterprise and surprisingly, as the tenure of the VC is coming to an end, we learnt that there are clandestine plans to enthrone Prof. Fasina as an anointed successor in a bid to enshrine a dynasty of impunity.