By Ajogwu Jerry
All does not seem to be moving smoothly with the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Ekiti State chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, as the body has split into two while factional members expressed their displeasure and disapproval over ASUU’s incessant attack on the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Kayode Soremekun.
To this end, the aggrieved members, who disapproved of the allegations of corruption and appointment racketeering leveled against Prof. Soremekun, have joined a parallel body called Congress of Nigeria Academics (CNA).
Recently, the Akure chapter of ASUU, addressed a press briefing through the zonal Coordinator and Chairman of the union in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Prof. Olu-Olu Olufayo, where it alleged that there were pension fraud and irregular recruitment in FUOYE.
Olufayo accused the management of promoting academic staff without following due process while also failed to remit pension funds to workers, in line with the federal government’s directive.
Prof. Soremekun had, however, denied the allegations, saying the Council and the Senate were aware of every appointment made and that pensions were deducted directly from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation and not the university.
Briefing newsmen in Oye-Ekiti, on Friday, those opposed to ASUU’s position, led by Dr. A. Akinsoranti and Barr. Ayodeji Ige, described the union’s position as an attempt to smear Prof. Soremekun’s reputation.
Akinsoranti said FUOYE has been leading and setting the pace among the 12 universities established in 2010 by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He accused the ASUU Chairman in FUOYE, Akinyemi Omonijo of running the union like a ‘cult’, saying the press conference he addressed where he made allegations against the VC was not authorised by members and that the positions canvassed by zonal ASUU, were baseless.