Labour unions in Ondo varsity begin indefinite strike

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The labour unions in the Ondo State University of Technology, Okitipupa on Tuesday began indefinite strike following the alleged failure of the school authorities and the state government  to meet their demands.

The unions are the OSUSTECH's branches of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, the National Association of Academic Technologists and the Non Academic Staff Union.

The decision was taken on Monday  at the Joint Action Congress of the unions held at the mini campus of the institution in Okitipupa, Ondo State.

The communique was signed by the chairman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the JAC, Mr. Temidayo Temola, Mr. David Bamigbola and Mr. Peter Akindehinde respectively.

In the communique issued at the end of the congress and made available to our correspondent, some demands of the unions included, adequate funding of the varsity, appointment of substantive  Vice Chancellor, curbing of alleged corrupt practices by  the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adegoke Adegbite, among others.

The unions also demanded the probe of the administration of the the Acting VC of the institution.

Communique read, " Having explore all humanly possible means in checking all the excesses of the Acting VC and having exhausted all friendly and reasonable means in making the Acting VC to correct all the anomalies being perpetrated by him and those perpetrated under his watch, the Joint Action Congress of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa today Monday, 23rd January, 2017 hereby declare Professor Adegoke Adegbite as"Persona non grata" and as such, he is not further appreciated.

"Professor Adegoke Adegbite having out-used his usefulness and relevance as supposedly exemplary leader, should immediately step aside as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University or vacate the office of the Vice Chancellor until the appointment of a substantive Vice Chancellor in accordance with relevance of qualifications, competence and experience.

"In the spirit of equality and the saying that "what is good for the goose is also good for the gander", the Earned Allowances as agreed by SSANU, NAAT and NASU with the Federal Government in 2009 should be approved by the University Governing Council.

"The monetary claims on fuelling by Professor Adegbite outside his consolidated salary be investigated, computed and refunded into the university purse from his unpaid remuneration/benefits while all contracts executed during his tenure be scrutinised and verified.

" The Government of Ondo State should place necessary attention on OSUSTECH and fund it adequately.

" In the spirit of true leadership, academic excellence and integrity of the university, the Visitor of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa should appoint a Vice Chancellor for the university laying credence to the relevance of the qualifications of the candidate, his competence and experience.

To this end, the unions vowed not to resume for duty until all their demands were met by the state government and the school authorities.

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