The Vice Chancellor of National Open University, NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu may have drawn the ire of Chief Olusegun Obasanajo over his revelation that the ex-President is allegedly on the pay roll of the institution.
Obasanjo is a supervisor with NOUN at the Abeokuta Centre. Prof. Adamu had on Tuesday at a press conference ahead of the institution’s convocation slated for Thursday and Saturday said of the former president, “He (Obasanjo) has two students attached to him in Theological Studies. We gave him an office in Abeokuta and the salary is N40,000 a year as a facilitator.”
However, Adamu’s claim as regard salary has been met with Obasanjo’s objection.
In a statement released by the elder statesman’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo denied collecting salary from NOUN claiming he was rendering the service pro bono.
It reads: “Our attention was drawn to a newspaper report, published specifically on Page 8 of the PUNCH newspaper of Wednesday, March 20, 2019, with the headline “Obasanjo earns N40,000 as NOUN lecturer -VC”.
“The publication, which has generated mixed reactions from the general public and calls from far and near on the Elder statesman expressing concern, is to say the least, embarrassing, uncharitable, mischievous and in bad taste, with immediate demand for a retraction and apology from the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
“In putting the records in right perspective, His Excellency wishes to draw the attention of the Vice-Chancellor to his letter dated 12 April 2018, which was written to the University Registrar, Mr. Felix Edoka, when the Council offered him a Part-Time appointment as an Instructional/Tutorial Facilitator and Project Supervisor in the Faculty of Arts at the Abeokuta Study Centre.
“Specifically in Paragraph 3 of the letter, President Obasanjo wrote: “I will gladly undertake any of the functions mentioned in paragraph two of your letter pro bono and I hope that the functions will be flexible enough to accommodate my rather tight schedule.” (See attached a copy of the letter).”