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Scholastic and non-scholarly individuals from staff and understudies of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Tuesday dissented in solidarity with the foundation's acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Elujoba.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on Monday summoned Elujoba and the Bursar, Mrs. Aderonke Akeredolu, over an asserted installment of peril stipend to laborers.
It was learnt that the stipends paid to both scholarly and non-scholastic individuals from staff from the college's enrichment reserve were over N1bn.
The dissents occurred at the same time on the college grounds and the entryway of the Ibadan zonal office of the commission.
On the OAU grounds, the laborers avoided official obligations to amass at the well known opportunity stop in sensitivity for the acting VC.
At the EFCC office in Ibadan, laborers and understudies droned solidarity melodies and showed bulletins with different engravings including 'We say no to Omole actuated test,' 'OAU understudies say no to scheme,' 'It is not a wrongdoing to pay specialists' remittance'; 'Elujoba is a friend in need,' 'Don't return us to the days of yore's and 'Omole five-year organization needs examining.'
The unions exhibit at the challenge in Ibadan were the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Union of Universities, Non-scholarly Staff Union of Universities, National Association of Academic Technologists and the Students' Union.
Pioneers of the unions who addressed a Punch reporter tossed their weight behind the installment of the remittances. They likewise requested that the organization of a previous OAU VC, Prof. Bamitale Omole, ought to be examined.
They undermined to pass the night at the door of the EFCC office until the acting VC was discharged.
The acting VC was all the while being tested by the EFCC authorities as of the time (8.41pm) of documenting this report yesterday.
Tending to understudies who came to solidarise with him, Elujoba said, "What an agony! All of you should be in the classroom getting addresses yet this has brought you here.
"We are all in this together and by God's beauty we will survive together. I have devoted myself to the conveyance of the OAU. I won't rest until I see you (understudies) all succeed."
The head of Public Affairs of EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office, Mr. Ayo Oyewole, said the acting OAU VC was being tested over claim of unlawful redirection of assets.
He said, "The acting VC and treasurer of the OAU were welcomed by the EFCC and are right now being tested at our office here in regard of a claimed instance of unlawful and affirmed preoccupation of N1.4bn. As per the appeal, it was affirmed that the acting VC redirected the whole to settle some unapproved recompenses from which he paid himself furthermore paid the (individuals from) staff different remittances."
Whenever inquired as to whether the professedly occupied cash was alloted to any venture, he said, "The cash was paid without the endorsement of the Federal Ministry of Education and the college's Governing Council."
On his part, the Public Relations Officer of the OAU, Biodun Olanrewaju, guaranteed that the cash used to pay the laborers' recompenses was covered up in a 'mystery account' by the past organization.
He said, "Every one of the unions are here to solidarise with the acting VC in light of the fact that it was stunning to hear that the OAU VC was welcomed by the EFCC to come and elucidate why he paid specialists when no cash has really been announced missing. It is abnormal in the historical backdrop of Nigerian college framework to see every one of the unions supporting a similar cause.
The ASUU-OAU overseer Chairman, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, said there was no administering gathering set up in the college to support such cash.
"The representing chamber has been broken down by the guest, President Muhammadu Buhari, in June and from that point forward no other one has been set up," he included.


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