OAU Senate throws weight behind Prof Elujoba

The Obafemi Awolowo University Senate has thrown weight behind Prof Elujoba since his summon by EFCC last week which was a subsequent to his Abuja trip last semester.

        Following the summon of the Vice chancellor, Prof. Anthony Elujoba and the university bursar, Mrs Akeredolu by the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for an interview on how they expended over 1bn, which was allegedly meant for a specific project on the payment of allowances even though the school's P.R'O slams this as a lie that the money had no budget whatsoever while speaking with Punch Newspaper.

       Some Great Ife students and Unions expressed their solidarity through shunning of academic and civic activities, displaying of placards with supporting inscriptions on them on 13th of December during the interrogative session at the EFCC zonal office in Ibadan. They waited till the acting VC whose time in the office exhausts in January 2017, was released in the late hours of Monday.

        A social media campaign was triumphed by the students in solidarity of their acting Vice Chancellor with explicit hash tags like "#release_our_vc, #leave_the_saint, #probe_omole and many more.

        It's in this aura that a Senate meeting was called with a view to discussing issues relating to security, peace and order in the university community. The meeting, which was held on the 16th of December made the position of the Senate on the invitation of the acting Vice chancellor by the EFCC on the payment of the productivity bonus and the misappropriation allegations known.

        It was resolved in the meeting that it's necessary to pay three hundred thousand naira (#300,000) and one hundred and fifty thousand naira (#150,000) as allowance to senior staffs and junior staff respectively, citing the example of the same amount being paid in other Universities. Added that it's necessary for the pursuit of a peaceful and orderly University campus.

        Moreso, that the payment of the alleged furniture was constitutionally approved by the governing council of the University at a meeting held on 9th to 10th of May 2013 without any provision for payment pro-rata.
        Also, with reference to a dated letter by the government on the appointment of an Acting vice chancellor, stating that the office is entitled to terms and conditions of office including remuneration and fringe benefits, as stated by the government for the office of Vice Chancellor of Federal Universities .

        At the end, the invitation of the Prof Elujoba as regards the aforementioned resolutions was tagged 'misplaced' and 'embarrassing' ,thereby asserting that it should be stopped.

Gathered by
Olufemi Alfred .O.
For Oau Kilonshele News Outfit

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