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ASUU fumes over choice of Prof. Adenike Oladiji As FUTA VC

The choice of Prof. Adenike Temidayo Oladiji as Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, has not gone down well with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution.

Prof. Oladiji’s appointment was rectified by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Godknows Igali.

Prof. Oladiji would be the eighth substantive vice chancellor of the institution.

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The rejection of Prof. Oladiji was contained in a statement by Concerned Members of the Senate and signed by Prof. P. A. Aborisade and Prof. M. B. Oyun.

They alleged that the selection process of Oladiji was fraught with fraud and lacks transparency.

The Concerned ASUU members said the appointment contravened the law of the university (Act No 11 of 1993) as amended (2003) concerning the processes of the selection of a vice chancellor.

They said the resort to voting during the process is alien to the law guiding the selection of a VC of the school.

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The statement states, “The election of a predetermined preferred candidate whose overall score in the process is lower than that of the candidate who came first, throws merit overboard. Unfortunately, that cannot and will not be acceptable to us and shall not stand.

“We reject, in its totality, the appointment of a candidate (Prof Adenike Oladiji) who came second in the process without any acceptable cogent reason of why the candidate who came first was dropped.

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“The resort to voting to select a vice-chancellor is alien to the law (statute) guiding the selection process. The process is called selection intentionally by the drafters of the law rather than election.

“The Election is a subversion of our law for specific and pre-determined ends.

“We, ‘Concerned members of FUTA Senate’, hereby call on the Governing Council to rescind its announcement of the candidate, go back and announce the appointment of the candidate who came first in the selection process. We will not accept anything less than this.

“We call on our respected colleague Prof. Adenike Temidayo Oladiji of the University of llorin to remain steadfast at her duty post at UNILORIN and not attempt to come to FUTA as Vice Chancellor.”