Agric University VC goes into hiding as staff embark on protest over welfare

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Olusola Oyewole, has been forced to relocate from his official quarters following a protest embarked upon by non-academic staff of the institution.

The protest, which began on Tuesday, has paralysed activities in the institution.

The staff, under the aegis of Non-Academic‎ Staff Union, accused Mr. Oyewole, a professor, of maladministration and insensitivity to their welfare.

Numbering over 100, the protesters accused the vice chancellor of refusing to approve allowances for them as he did for the academic staff.

They also alleged that the vice chancellor imposed some academic staff as leaders of their union.

The aggrieved protesters lamented that all the meetings held with Mr. Oyewole to resolve the issues failed because the vice chancellor refused to address their plight.

It was gathered that the protest, though peaceful, forced the management of the institution to hurriedly convene a meeting with the union.

The meeting, which lasted several hours, however ended in a deadlock.

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PREMIUM TIMES’ sources said the leaders of the union stormed the venue of the meeting to address their colleagues and also requested them to mobilize other members with a view to continuing with the protest.

It was at that point that Mr. Oyewole, who could no longer contain the action of the union temporarily relocated from the official quarters located inside the university campus to an unknown abode.

When contacted, the spokesperson of FUNNAB, Emi Alawode, said she would send reaction to this newspaper but did not keep the promise at the time of filing this report.

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