Ondo Varsity Workers Pass Vote Of No Confidence On Governing Council

The organized labour at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa, Ondo State has passed a vote of no confidence on the Akinbo Adesomoju led governing council of the institution.

The workers under the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has accused the governing Council of taking decisions against the laws establishing the institution.

The workers alleged that the governing council has recommended for the reduction of retirement age of non teaching staff  to 60years from the lawful 65 years.

They rejected the action, noting that it  contradicts the condition of service of the institution.

The workers also frowned at the action of the governing council for advertising vacancies for positions of principal officers in national newspaper describing it as a disobedience to conditions of service and enabling law of the university.

The workers’ resolution as obtained by BusinessDay  was signed by the unions chairmen, Comrade Dayo Temola( SSANU), Peter Akindehinde( NASU) and Davidson Bamigbola.

However when contacted by our correspondent ,the chairman of governing council of the Institution, Prof. Akinbo Adesomoju revealed that governing council has no right by law to reduce or increase retirement age in any university.

His words, “That is not correct and I want to challenge the workers to read the OSUSTECH law. The council have no right to reduce or Increase retirement age and let them bring the memo where council signed for it.

“This law has not be domesticated here in the state. The federal government did that to the federal institutions on the retirement age between 70 for professors and 60 for others. Let them work on how the law will be amended here through the State assembly.

“They are just talking trash. We are doing the right thing and we know they are known to blackmailing the council.

“There is no law that states that it is the registrar that will sign any advertisement on national dailies, the Vice Chancellor can do it. In the case of the mentioned advertisement of the Registrar, it is not right for the acting registrar to supervise over a process in which he is a candidate for the position.

“They are not the one that appointed me, so their vote of no confidence has no meaning to me.”

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