The university Management said this in a press statement signed by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor A.S. Adagbonyin, on Wednesday.
The statement read:
“Management wishes to state as follows:
1. That contrary to the reports making the rounds, only two staff were affected – one (unconfirmed staff) disengaged and the other retired.
2. That the retirement and disengagement, respectively, of the two staff are decisions of the Special Intervention Team (SIT) as contained in the letters issued to the staff concerned.
3. That this decision was taken in the best interest of the University. However, Management acknowledges the Government press release issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Projects on the matter.
4. That the University dissociates itself from the list of 22 names or any other list whatsoever purported to be pencilled down for sack by the University Management, as being mischievously bandied in the public space.
5. That Management is investigating the source of the said list of 22 names and other lists flying around purported to have emanated from the University and will take appropriate disciplinary measures against anyone found to be the source of the mischievously circulating document.
6. That Management is not unmindful of the high level of propaganda being unleashed by political actors, using the University as cannon fodder.
7. That for the avoidance of doubt the controversial issue of salary payments has been sufficiently addressed with the payment of February, 2023 salaries to over 2,662 staff and pensioners of the University. In the past few hours, both teaching and non-teaching staff of the University who returned to work after the suspension of strike in August and October, 2022, respectively, and were hitherto not captured in the payroll, have been receiving alert.
8. That Management reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that peace and harmony reigns supreme in Ambrose Alli University and will continue to commit to the welfare of its staff and students.
9. That Management urges all staff to go about their normal duties in an atmosphere of freedom and safety and without fear of molestation
10. That Management appreciates the efforts of the Edo State Government in the repositioning of the University and will not detract from it.”
Spark News Daily reported that the University had been shut down as residents protest over poor administration.