FUNNAB crisis: No external forces behind struggle —SSANU

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNNAB), on Tuesday, dispelled insinuations that the allegations of mismanagement and abuse of office against the Vice Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has any external forces behind it.

Speaking at its congress, the association branch chairman, Comrade Rotimi Fasunwon, noted that the allegations levelled against the VC and the institution’s Pro-Chancellor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, were nothing but the truth.

Nigerian Tribune recalled that some concerned members of the association wrote a petition against the duo of Oyewole and Ogunlewe, over allegation of defrauding the institution to the tune of N108.2 million.

Both Oyewole and Ogunlewe were quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), some weeks ago.

Fasunwon, while addressing its members, explained that the VC collected N23 million as furniture allowance in four years, as against N5.7 million stipulated by the law.

He also added that the law allows for 300 per cent of basic salary once in four years only for officers not residing in government apartment, saying that Oyewole had been collecting N5.7 million annually, while residing in a furnished apartment owned by the university.

He said that Ogunlewe collected N6 million under the children marriage allowance for a marriage not biologically connected with him while the VC was also alleged to have assessed N5 million under the same arrangement.

The Head, Directorate of Public Relations of the University, Mrs Emi Alawode, when contacted said the matter is currently before the EFCC and that the anti-graft agency should be allowed to carry out its work.