Tension in Ekiti Varsity as management moves to disengage 500 staff – Independent Observers

Tension in Ekiti Varsity as management moves to disengage 500 staff

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By Kunle Adedoyin

There is palpable fear in Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, with the rumours making the round that the school management has allegedly perfected plans to sack about 500 staff of the institution employed by the immediate past Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the school.

Sources said the affected staff are those employed by Professor Samuel Oye Bandele, the former VC during his tenure.

Also, there were rumours that some professors, who were promoted during that time might be demoted over an allegation that academic due process was not strictly adhered to in their elevations.

One of the affected staff who pleaded anonymity, said the new management, headed by Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof Bamitale Omole, had repeatedly been complaining that over-bloated workforce exits in the university and that prompt action must be taken to prune down the number of staff on the school payroll.

The Academics Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), EKSU chapter, had in September threatened to embark on strike owing to inability to pay their salaries and other benefits.

Dr Kayode Arogundade, the ASUU Chapter Chairman, stated that the monthly wage bill of the university had increased from N380 million to over N502 million, while the monthly subvention from government stood at N260 million, leaving the university to grapple hard to make up for the N262m shortfall internally every month.

“Yes it was true, the management will soon issue out sack letters to over 500 staff because of complaints that the university was overstaffed,” said the source.

“We have been notified and anytime from now, the letters of disengagement will be distributed and this has been creating panic and tension in the university,” he said.

Some lecturers, who circumvented academic process to earn their professorial titles and other positions, will be demoted.

However, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, the school’s Public Relations Officer, debunked the allegations, saying that the management has no plan to sack or demote any worker.

“There is no tension on campus over sack issue, I am on campus as I speak with you. The university is peaceful and I am not aware of any such plan”, he said.

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