University of Ibadan suspends today’s matriculation ceremony
The Management of the University of Ibadan (UI), has suspended its planned Matriculation ceremonies for the 2015/2016 academic session earlier scheduled for today Thursday.
Reports gathered that the postponement was due to the protest staged by Non-Academic Staff Union of University (NASU), UI chapter, over non-remittance of deductions and unpaid agreed allowance.
The union had on Wednesday morning mobilized members and shut entrance gates into the university. While reacting, the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka said that the university management has been transparent by announcing to all unions that the university is having a shortfall in its personnel cost since December 2015 making payment of some allowances a difficult task.
Olayinka informed that while the total personnel cost of the university is about N932million monthly, the University received N663million in December 2015 from Federal Government, and N782 million in January and February 2016 respectively.
While stating that it was regrettable to find the university at the present condition, Olayinka appealed to the federal government to assist the premier university in meeting her needs in order to be focused on research, capacity building and development.
According to the VC, the allowances being clamoured for by the union amounted to about N76 million naira monthly which is outside the allocations to the university and unrealistic in view of the present financial strain facing the institution.
He regretted that some students while trying to run away from the orientation venue got injured when the protesters stormed the University’s International Conference Centre (ICC), Olayinka said it was better to have students over 3,500 safe and sound than going ahead with the matriculation and risking their lives.
The SSANU Chairman, Wale Akinremi had criticized the administrative style of the management saying it was not democratic enough. The university of Ibadan had reportedly received shortfall from federal allocations leading to problems with meeting domestic welfare issues of staff.