The Provost, Federal College of Agriculture ( FCA ) Ibadan, Dr Babjide Adelekan, on Monday said recent protest by labour unions in the school was meant to stop the management from investigating alleged wrong doings against some union members.
Adelekan said in an interview in Ibadan that some unionists have pending disciplinary cases against them.
According to him, the protest was illegal because the unions did not issue any notice or wrote to the management on their grievances as required by law.
“We are handling some disciplinary cases which some of them are involved in, so they are really fighting to make sure that we don’t get to the roots of the issue.’’
The provost also dismissed claims by the unions of poor management which led to persistent closure of the school and reduction in students’ intake as well as dilapidated infrastructure.
“Concerning the allegation of school closure, we are more interested in the students’ well-being in school, but when there is crisis, we ensure the school is closed for their safety,” Adelekan said.
According to him, the college is building a modern health centre for the academic community, and new roads on campus in spite of limited funds.
“We have latest machines in our workshops which we use to teach our students; our farms are going well, we are doing our best to provide environment conducive for the students and staff.
“In three years we have completed two academic sessions and we are now running the third one, even though funds are not enough to cater for all our operations,” he said.
He stressed that most students were not interested in agricultural courses and urged parents to encourage their children, so as to venture into farming after graduation.
The provost also urged the unions to join hands with the management, to tackle challenges confronting the college.
The Non Academic Staff Union, Senior Staff Association, and Academic Staff Union of the college held a four-day protest against the management a week ago.
The protest was over poor infrastructure, administrative lapses, reduction in students intake, incessant closure and other issues.
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