The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola and his counterpart at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Olusola Oyewole will be spending some time away from their offices. 

This is because they have been suspended by the federal government in connection with their ongoing trial at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

They were instructed to handover to the most senior Deputy Vice-Chancellors of their respective institutions.

Daramola has a running battle with academic and non-academic members of staff of the university over mismanagement of funds. The unions had also urged the governing council of the university to remove Daramola from office.

Daramola, who had been arraigned by the EFCC, is due for retirement this month.

Speaking on the issue earlier, Daramola said:

"Essentially, what is responsible for this, between the management which I personify and the unions is that, unions usually want some of the resources meant for the development of the university to be given out to them as welfare packages under one guise or the other. On this, I am referring to the non-teaching unions asking for productivity allowance.

"Again, the unions try to resist developmental initiatives in the university. They will rather you spend the money on their welfare after collecting their salaries, to using it to develop infrastructure on the campus. 

"A case in point is the number of projects that we have and the staff unions insisting that we give them 40 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue as welfare. 

"If we do that, the business of the university such as the maintenance of facilities, provision of power and even the construction of lecture theatres and other things will be grounded,” he had said.