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FUNAAB recalls 23 sacked workers

Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, FUNAAB called back sacked workers

The authorities of the troubled Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, FUNAAB, on Friday unconditionally recalled the 23 staff of the
institution who were sacked over a month ago.

The workers were sacked following a petition written by some of them
to the anti-graft EFCC against the management of the university accusing
them of financial impropriety.

After investigations, the EFCC filed an 18-count criminal charge
against the Vice Chancellor of the University, Olusola Oyewole; the Pro
Chancellor, Adeseye Ogunlewe; and the Bursar, Moses Ilesanmi, before an
Abeokuta High Court.

They have since been granted bail while the case continues in court next year. Mr. Oyewole and other officials have also returned some illegally collected money to the EFCC.

The dismissal of the workers for what the university said was theft
of school property, has since been condemned by labour unions and civil
society groups who accused the authorities of persecuting

On Thursday, the university recanted its decision to sack the workers.

In a letter dated December 22 and signed by the Acting Registrar and
Secretary to Council, Obafemi Oginni, the Governing Council of the
institution said it decided to re-instate the affected staff with
immediate effect.‎

In the letter titled “Re:Termination of Appointment,” the officials were asked to resume to their former positions..

“The Governing Council at its 92nd Statutory Meeting held on
Thursday, December 22, 2016 decided that you should be re-instated …
with immediate effect,” the letter reads.

“Consequently, you are hereby recalled from termination of your
appointment and re-instated… with immediate effect. By copies of this
letter, all relevant functionaries in the University are being informed

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