Despite efforts by the federal government in conjunction with civil society organizations (CSOs) to nurture and protect whistleblowers, University of Ilorin, a federal institution appears not to be on board with the new transparency measure as insiders allege plot to sack union leaders in the school after revealing what appears to be mind-boggling malfeasances.
Barely four months after Dr. K. N. Afolayan, chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Unilorin branch, and the union Secretary, Dr. Solomon Oyelekan, were put on suspension over what many see as their recent whistle blowing efforts at alleged rot in the university, it might well appear that the university administration is set to sack them through methods familiar as recipe for industrial crisis.
In a news release signed by Dr Ade Adejumo, Zonal Coordinator, ASUU, Ibadan Zone, the union claims that the University of Ilorin Administration is bent on terminating the appointment of Union officials critical of its actions.
“The union is hopeful that the new Chairman of Council of Unilorin, Dr. Jubril Oyekan, will act positively to prevent the University from sliding down further and being drawn into another round of tussle with our union.
We believe he would not be part of a grievous scandal of a Council submitting to the whims of the Administration and terminating the appointments of scholars because they blew the whistle on the wife of the Vice Chancellor or because they alerted the same Council to corrupt practices in the institution.
In the meantime, we again call on the relevant agencies to furnish members of the public with the result of their investigations on the petitions submitted by the union, Adejumo said in the news release.” The release stated.
He also called on acting president Yemi Osinbajo, to prevail on the university to stop what it termed the continuous harassment of critical voices of dissent.
On February 5 the branch of the Union in the University of Ilorin drew attention to alleged malfeasance of the VC employing his wife, MrsToyinAmbali under shady circumstances and promoting her within a year instead of the three years allowed by regulation.
It was after the revelation that the suspension came for the union leaders.
Rather than retrace his steps, the Vice-Chancellor, apparently to avenge the exposure of his wife directed that the Chairman and Secretary be issued with a query.