SENIOR Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and the Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, of the University of Ibadan, UI, bid a farewell protest of “sweeping Professor Idowu Olayinka’s feet out of office, as his tenure as the 12th vice-chancellor terminates on Monday.
Carrying brooms and singing various solidarity and farewell songs, to indicate their ‘cleansing’ of the university after Olayinka’s exit, the members of the unions, who converged on the NISER Garden venue of the farewell rally as early as 9 am, matched to the office of the vice-chancellor around 12:30 pm, singing to register their pleasure and rejection of the reign of the outgoing VC whose five-year-tenure ended yesterday.
In his speech before the symbolic action, the chairman of SANU, Mr. Wale Akinremi, said the unions decided to embark on the exercise to express their appreciation to God for seeing them through the tenure of Prof Olayinka where he said the workers suffered much-untold hardship.
“Why we are here today is not to dissipate energy or make noise but to appreciate the almighty God for seeing us through the end of Olayinka’s regime. We suffered untold hardship under the watch of Olayinka as the VC. We pray that never again would any Vice-Chancellor put both the staff and students of the university through such a tortuous journey.
“At the time Olayinka came in 2015, the Federal Government did not owe us promotion arrears in 2014, how come that it was in 2015 that he came in that they owed us promotion arrears? The fact is that his regime was an abysmal failure. For five years, both academic and non-academic members of staff could not get promotion arrears. We must have lost about two and a half years of academic calendar to the wasteful regime of Olayinka.
“Olayinka tormented teachers of staff school for about five years. Teachers of staff schools were collecting pension deductions from the Federal Government, and they were signing monthly return forms under Prof. Olayinka. To date, he has not paid them,” he said.