The Osun State University authorities have settled out of court with the former Registrar of the institution, Dr. Julius Faniran, and its former Bursar, Dr. Bayo Lasisi, who were sacked for alleged fraud.
The two former principal officers of the university, in a meeting with journalists in Osogbo, said the university had also given them their official cars, which were supposed to be taken away at the expiration of their tenures.
The Visitor to the university, Governor Rauf Aregbsola, had announced the sacking of the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bashir Okesina; the registrar and the bursar in a White Paper released on the crisis, which rocked the university in 2015.
The former bursar noted that, following their wrongful dismissal, he and the ex-registrar instituted a case against the university and the case went on before the authorities made overtures to them for an out-of-court settlement.
He said the university management, led by Okesina, had some issues with the then Chairman of the Governing Council and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. Gabriel Olawoyin, and this eventually led to their illegal dismissal from the university.
Lasisi added that he and Faniran approached the National Industrial Court because they knew that they did not commit any fraud or offence of any sort.
Both men lauded the new chairman of the governing council and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mallam Yusuf Ali, who they said studied the case, observed that the affected principal officers were wrongfully sacked and advised the university to invite them for negotiation.
Lasisi said, “We challenged the termination of our appointments in court. We went to court and the university was also represented. But when Ali came into office, he set up a committee to look into the case.
“Ali did very well. He saw that we did not commit the offences as claimed. They maligned us, accused us of embezzling money, but later realised that we did not do any of such.
“The university invited us to come for negotiation so that we could settle out of court. We gave them our terms and they agreed. Our cars have been given to us. We have asked the university authorities to pay our pension contributions and they have agreed to pay. Ali is a man of integrity and we are grateful to him because he always stands on the side of truth and justice.
“Our terms were the basis upon which Justice Olalere of the National Industrial Court based his judgment. He gave the judgment in our favour and we think we should let the public know that we have been absolved of all allegations against us.”
Ali, when contacted on the telephone, confirmed the development. He said that he was aware of the crisis as a stakeholder of the university even before his appointment as chairman of the governing council.
He said he decided to set up a Committee of Reconciliation to heal wound and to allow the university to develop without encumbrances.