The management of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, has chided the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the university over alleged invasion of the institution’s governing council meeting without prior notice or invitation.x
The management, therefore, warned the ASUU leaders against taking steps that could rubbish or cast aspersion on the personalities of members of the council.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, while addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti, condemned the alleged unruly action.
ASUU leaders had on Tuesday accused Governor Kayode Fayemi of slashing the subvention to the university from N260 million to N130 million, thereby making the management pay workers amputated salaries.x
The VC, who debunked the accusations, expressed regret at how the ASUU members invaded the council meeting and created a scene and a stalemate.
He said the management at its 171st statutory meeting held on Tuesday described the ASUU’s action as an “ambush, non-procedural and belittling” the status of the university.
Olanipekun said: “Neither the management nor the council was put in the know. They just invaded the council meeting even without notice. This to us was unpalatable, disrespectful and should not be encouraged by any sane person.x
“Despite the provocation, the council still went ahead and directed that some of the ASUU’s demands should be met. If they want to have an interface with the council, there are procedures. They shouldn’t just storm the venue of the meeting.
“The council, out of magnanimity, had decided to overlook the ASUU’s action and extended hands of fellowship to them.”x