Osogbo, Osun State – In a surprising move, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has announced the immediate dissolution of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN Governing Council. The announcement was made through a statement signed by Samuel Ayanleye Aina, the Osun State Head of Service, on Thursday, May 19, 2023, and obtained by Wowplus news on Friday.
The decision has been met with mixed reactions, with some applauding the Governor’s bold move, while others are questioning the justification for the dissolution. The statement from the government expressed appreciation for the service and commitment of the members of the dissolved council to the development of the university.
In the statement, the Governor thanked the council members for their contributions to the university, as well as the state of Osun in general. The statement further read, “The Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has approved the dissolution of Osun State University Governing Council with immediate effect. While thanking the council members for their selfless service and commitment to the University, the Governor equally appreciates them immensely for their contributions to the development of the university in particular and the state at large and wishes them the best in their future endeavors”.
The Osun State University Governing Council, which was dissolved by the Governor, was tasked with developing policies and providing general guidance for the university. The Council was also responsible for the appointment of senior staff, including the Vice-Chancellor.
The sudden and unexpected decision to dissolve the council has led to speculation about the Governor’s motivations. Some observers have suggested that the decision may be related to allegations of mismanagement and corruption within the university. Others have speculated that it may be related to a desire by the Governor to exert more direct control over the running of the university.
Despite the lack of clarity about the reasons behind the decision, some stakeholders have welcomed it as a positive development. Some members of the academic community have expressed hope that the dissolution will lead to increased transparency and accountability in the management of the university.
The immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Olu Aina, has also welcomed the decision and praised the Governor for his boldness. Professor Aina said, “This decision shows that the Governor is committed to ensuring that the university operates in the best interests of the people of Osun State. I believe that this will create an opportunity for us to address some of the challenges facing the university and move towards a more sustainable future”.
Meanwhile, members of the dissolved council have expressed shock and disappointment at the Governor’s decision. Some have expressed concern about the impact that the decision will have on the university’s operations and on the morale of staff and students.
Reacting to the development, a source close to the dissolved council stated that the announcement has come as a bolt out of the blue. The source said, “We were not expecting this at all. We had no prior indication that the Governor was planning to dissolve the council. We are shocked and disappointed by this decision”.
The source went on to express concern about the impact that the decision will have on the university’s operations. “This decision will affect a lot of things. We had plans and projects that we were working on, and now all of that is up in the air. We don’t know what the future holds for the university”.
The decision to dissolve the Osun State University Governing Council has raised some important questions about the management of universities in Nigeria. Many experts have called for greater accountability and transparency in the management of universities, and for measures to ensure that universities are run in the best interests of their students and the wider community.
As the dust settles on this controversial decision, it remains to be seen what impact it will have on the future of the university and on the wider academic community in Nigeria. However, one thing is clear: the dissolution of the Osun State University Governing Council has sparked a wider conversation about the importance of good governance and accountability in Nigerian universities and has brought issues that have long been simmering to the surface.