ASUU urges EFCC, ICPC to release findings on UNILORIN alleged fraud ••
The Ibadan Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised the alert over alleged attempt by the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) management to sack the chairman and secretary of the branch for blowing whistle on corruption in the university.
It asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt and other related Practices Commission (ICPC) to make public results of their investigations on the whistle-blowing against the UNILORIN.
The union called on the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, as well as the Chairman, Governing Council, to call the university management to order before plunging the institution into another legal crisis.
It wants the Acting President to ensure that the university is not treated to be above the law by the Buhari-led government.
The union also called for cessation of harassment and victimisation of members of the union who are speaking the truth to power.
In a statement issued in Ibadan after the zonal meeting of the union yesterday and signed by the Zonal Chairman, Dr. Ade Adejumo and Dr. Deji Omole, Chairman, University of Ibadan Chapter, the union said that it was shocking that the Federal Government chose to prosecute only whistle-blowers, adding that the anti-corruption could be seen to be selective in prosecution if only those perceived enemies of the government are prosecuted after whistle-blowing.
“The University of Ilorin administration is bent on terminating the appointment of union officials critical of its corruption, lawlessness, dictatorialness and disregard for democratic norms. The union is hopeful that the new Chairman of Council of UNILORIN, Dr. Jubril Oyekan, will act positively to prevent the university from sliding down further and being drawn into another round of tussle with our union. We believe he would not be part of a grievous scandal of a council submitting to the whims of the administration and terminating the appointment of scholars because they blew the whistle on the wife of the Vice Chancellor or because they alerted the same council to corrupt practices in the institution.
“In the meantime, we again call on the relevant agencies to furnish members of the public with the result of their investigations on the petitions submitted by the union. We call on the Visitor to the university and other supervising agencies to prevail on this public institution to stop the continuous harassment of critical voices of dissent,” the statement said.
The UNILORIN ASUU Chairman and Secretary, Dr. Kayode Afolayan and Dr. Solomon Oyelekan, had been suspended for four months for signing a document on behalf of ASUU and presenting same at the EFCC and ICPC on alleged corruption and fraud being perpetrated.