By: Tope Adedeji
The crisis rocking the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has taken a new dimension as the Vice Chancellor, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, has suspended the institution’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Executives.
The Registrar of the University, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun, who acted on the order of the VC, issued suspension letters to the leaders of the Union over a frame -up charges against them.
Those suspended included Dr. Sola Fayose, his predecessor, Dr. Busuyi Mekusi, and five others.
Their suspension is coming barely two weeks after the Union suspended the strike its members embarked on four months ago.
WESTERN POST had reported the story of the Union suspending the strike, which it embarked upon to press its demand for the payment of salary arrears after the university authorities signed a memorandum of understanding with it on a peaceful deal.
The peace, however, broke down immediately the strike was suspended as the Union kicked against the appointment of acting Deans and Heads of Department by the Vice Chancellor during the strike, which the Union rejected.
The Union directed it’s members not to take directive from the affected Deans and HODs pending the election of substantive ones, in accordance with the rules.
The Vice Chancellor has, therefore, been given seven days ultimatum to reverse his decision or face the wrath of its members.
In a swift reaction, the university authorities suspended the executive members after they were alleged to have disrupted a meeting of academic staff called by one of the affected Deans.
All efforts to speak with the ASUU chairman on his line proved abortive at press time on Tuesday.