OAU Senate faults VC’s invitation by EFCC
The Senate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has described the invitation of the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Anthony A. Elujoba, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as “misplaced, embarrassing and a harassment of the Senate and the university community.”
The Registrar and Secretary to Senate and University Governing Council, D.O. Awoyemi, in a statement, yesterday, quoted the OAU Senate as demanding that the EFCC action “should be stopped henceforth.”
In the statement titled, ‘University Senate position and resolution on the invitation of the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony A. Elujoba by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in respect of the payment of productivity bonus and allegation of purported enrichment of himself with N7 million furniture allowance”, Awoyemi said: “The Senate, Obafemi Awolowo University, met today 16th December, 2016 to review and discuss the above issue among other things relating to the security, peace and order on the university campus and resolved as follows: That the N300,000 to the senior, and N150,000 to junior staff, became necessary in pursuit of the general powers and mandate of the Acting Vice-Chancellor as the Chief Security Officer on campus to maintain peace, law and order and to prevent loss of lives and property.
Moreso, this similar allowance had been paid to staff in other universities under different names and titles; that the payment of the said furniture, allowance was statutorily approved by the Governing Council, Obafemi Awolowo University, at its meeting of 9th and 10th May, 2013 without provision for any payment pro-rata; that by the appointment of the Acting Vice-Chancellor through a letter reference no. FEM/HE/CH/3C/H/403 by the government. ‘the Acting Vice-Chancellor is entitled to the terms and conditions of this appointment including remuneration and fringe benefits as approved by government for Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities in Nigeria, including the said furniture allowance. Hence, the payment was perfectly in order.”
The statement added: “In the light of the foregoing, the invitation already made was considered misplaced, embarrassing and it was patently a harassment to the Senate and the university community. This should be stopped henceforth.”