Following the recent crisis that engulfed the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, the Governing Council of the institution directed the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar to proceed on compulsory leave.
Scan News gathered that the decision to send the duo on compulsory leave was taken after a meeting on Friday.
Prof. Wale Are-Olaitan, vice chancellor of the university was ordinarily expected to end his tenure in May 2014.
The decision to send Are-Olaitan and the registrar, Mr. Femi Oyewole, on leave was part of the recommendations of the visitation panel set up by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
It would be recalled that the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and others, had been calling for the probe of the principal officers of the university.
The ASUU had in the past expressed dismay over the refusal of the State Government to make public the report of the visitation panel to the university as well as government’s white paper on it.
The university, which was established by the first civilian governor of the state, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, had been engulfed in several crises.
When contacted, Mr. Sam Oyeleye, the institution’s Director of Public Relations, confirmed the decision of the governing council, stressing that the duo were not sacked but only asked to proceed on compulsory leave.
He said the council decided to implement an aspect of the white paper that has to do with the duties of the vice chancellor and the registrar.
Scan News investigations revealed that the two officials have been caught in the web of the politics of Ogun State as they are accused of fraternizing with an opposition party in the state, having been appointed by Gbenga Daniel.
It is believed that they may be recalled if their loyalty is ascertained by the Amosun administration.