- The unions of non-academic staff at the University of Ibadan have berated members of the institution's Senate
- The Senate had threatened the unions for their disposition on the appointment of the new VC
- But the unions while reacting said the Senate has no right to punish their members
The controversy that trailed the appointment of the new vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan is yet to be resolved.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) at the University of Ibadan have declared that the Senate of the university has no power to punish their members for protesting the appointment of the new VC.
The chairman of SSANU, Wale Akinremi, spoke on Thursday, November 5, while addressing journalists on behalf of the two unions.
Some members of the Senate of the institution had on Wednesday, November 3, threatened to punish SSANU and NASU members who participated in a protest against the ongoing selection process of the university.
But the unions in their reactions insisted that the Senate has no right to dabble into the union matters.
Akinremi, who spoke on behalf of the two unions at a press conference held at the university, remarked that the Senate's role is purely academic.
He described those who threatened to punish the union members as idle individuals.
"The responsibility of Senate is purely academic but not Union matters. We want the federal government to pay academic staff because idleness is affecting them. Senate has no right to seat on our matters. They don't have the right to seat on our matters."
Akinremi further said that what happened at the emergency meeting was not a true representation of UI Senate.
"That is not a true representation of UI Senate. It is shallow. That shows that they have lost it. We have over 600 members of the Senate and only 188 attended the meeting.
"They don't have right to seat on our right. We will not use our energy to address what they said. We can't take them seriously. It is not a reflection of the University of Ibadan Senate"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the University of Ibadan attempted to unveil the next vice-chancellor of the institution ahead of the expiration of the tenure of Professor Idowu Olayinka ends on November 30.
It was reported that out of 17 candidates contesting for the highest position in the university, six of them made it to the final stage.
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