Professor A. A. Elujoba, a Pharmacist and the Obafemi Awolowo University’s newly elected acting Vice-Chancellor, has assured the teeming population of non-teaching workers that he will act with integrity.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor who arrived the SSANU/NASU Freedom Park by 10 am today and was ushered in with drumming, dancing, and thunderous ovation addressed the anxiously-waiting workers.
In his address, Professor Elujoba apologized for not showing up at the Park yesterday as expected. “I had promised God that He would be the first person I would talk to whatever happened at the Senate, hence my going to church after the election,” he pleaded with all sense of humility.
The Acting VC-elect knelt before the workers and was prayed for after which the National Anthem and OAU Anthem were rendered before the commencement of his address.
In his 31-minute address, the soft-spoken Professor said that he shed tears when he learnt that workers kept vigils here in the cold during the struggle.
“It is God that has brought me here,” he reminisced, “two years ago I ruled out the possibility of becoming a Vice-Chancellor more so that I had just two years left.”
“If a substantive VC had been on ground, I would have submitted my letter for Sabbatical in the University of Ibadan last month” he added.
Despite the fact that he still awaits an official letter from the Visitor, he said he had to come and address this resolute gathering to give words of assurance and courage to them.
Professor elujoba assured the workers that he will administer the University with impeccable integrity. “I will not touch anybody’s money,” he assured amidst loud applause.
Within his six-month tenure, Professor added that all legitimate monies belonging to any Union or persons will be “disbursed immediately.”
He promised an all-inclusive administration as well as giving assurance that he would rub minds with all the workers’ unions on the way forward whenever money from the Federal Government is delayed.
“I plan to meet with all teaching and non-teaching workers at the Amphi-theatre next week and do same with all our students whenever they return to campus,” he said.
“Do we now have peace in OAU? Are you ready to resume work?,” the Acting VC-elect asked the workers rhetorically as the workers chorused thunderous “Yes”.
However, workers assured the Acting VC-elect that normal office activities will resume on Monday after all logistics have been taken care of.
“I will not dictate to you,” the acting VC responded, “start today and let the whole world know that lasting peace has been restored to this University.”
CREDIT: Ayodele Olabisi, OAUNewsNow