The University of Ilorin branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and other related matters (ICPC) over allegations bothering on fraudulent practices and other improprieties by the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and the Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) , Prof Ishaq Oloyede,.
The petition made available to LEADERSHIP by the UNILORIN’s branch chairman of ASUU, Dr K.N.Afolayan, called for drastic action against those petitioned, including establishing a high-powered commission of enquiry comprising men and women of integrity not connected to and are not likely to fall under the influence of the institution, to look into the petition of the union and make the appropriate recommendations.
ASUU also accused UNILORIN and Oloyede of undermining and disrespecting court orders.
The petition reads: “The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is constrained to bring to the attention of His Excellency, the monumental breaches which have persisted in the University of Ilorin and which require the urgent intervention of the Visitor.
“Most of the fraudulent acts and breaches have been carried out by the immediate past and current administrations of the university under the pretext and propaganda of “maintaining peace and stability” on the campus’.
“The university, therefore, maintains a non-transparent administration and embarks on repressive policies to silence critical voices in the university. This is anathema to the worldwide tradition of university as an institution that thrives on debate and forthrightness. It also inevitably and demonstrably breeds corruption’’.
Other demands made by the petitioners are that the university should be directed to obey the ruling of the National Industrial Court by recognising and allowing representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to assemble without hindrance and withdraw support for a group declared illegal by the National Industrial court, but continued to perpetuate itself through cronies.
Meanwhile, the union also petitioned the CCB and the ICPC alleging among other things that in 2012, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede who was then the Vice Chancellor and with his tenure about to end, hurriedly appointed his son (Mr. Ayopo Oloyede), as lecturer while the latter was a student abroad on PTDF scholarship.
The petition also alleged that Prof Oloyede’S daughter, Dr. Lateefah Oloyede was appointed without requisite qualification: in 2014, when the system was severely manipulated with an MBBS but without the requisite Fellowship or Residency training, and that she was not even qualified to teach in the sensitive Department of Anaesthesia into which she was employed as a lecturer.