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ASUU denies rejecting new FUTA Vice-Chancellor

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) of the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure has dissociated itself from some concerned members kicking against the appointment of the institution’s new vice chancellor.

There were reports on Thursday that the union rejected the appointment of Adenike Temidayo Oladiji. A statement issued in Akure by ASUU’s Chairperson, Prof. Oluyinka Awopetu, and Secretary, Dr. E. Rasaki, described the alleged rejection of the new VC as misleading. The leadership of the union dissociated itself from the reports, saying it never rejected the appointment of the new VC.

“These publications, largely titled ‘FUTA VC: ASUU kicks, says appointment fraught with fraud, lacks transparency, never originated from ASUU-FUTA secretariat.

“The said publication was signed, according to the reports, by two professors who are not members of the executive of ASUU FUTA branch. The two have no rights, neither were they authorised, nor have the capacity to speak for and on behalf of ASUU FUTA branch.

“All communications from the branch are duly released by the branch chairperson and secretary only. “Similarly, in other publications, we learnt of a purported position of FUTA Senate.

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“As it is, the nation is aware of the ongoing total and comprehensive strike, which in part does not allow any meeting to hold. It was thus an embarrassment that our members were purported to have held a Senate meeting.

“To the best of our knowledge and all facts on ground, no Senate meeting was held in our university to pursue this position. “ASUU FUTA, by this statement, is calling on members of the union and the public to disregard the statement in its entity as this is not the position of ASUU-FUTA. ASUU is a union of intellectuals and will not result to any act that can mislead the public,” the statement stated.

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