23 May 2015, Warri – Urhobo youths, under the aegis of Coalition of Urhobo Youths Organization, CUYO has urged the incoming administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to dissolve the governing council of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, FUPRE, Delta State over its alleged disregard for due process in the institution.
CUYO, in a statement by its Chairman, Comrade Mudiaga Abiri said it has slated June 3, 2015 for a protest to the Federal Ministry of Education, against the governing council’s alleged utter disregard for due process in the recent employment of staff into the institution.
Lamenting the gross insensitivity of the council to the plight of the Urhobo people, the statement alleged that “none of the eminently qualified Urhobo candidates was short-listed for interview for the position of Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Bursar, thereby robbing the people of the area of their right to be among the management staff of the institution.”
Alleging that about 40 percent of the staff employed in the institution are ghost workers, the statement said “they are already gainfully employed in Bayelsa and Edo States before they were employed here to be getting double salaries.”
The statement stressed the need for the appointment of principal officers of the university made in May, 2015 to be declared null and void, saying, “the positions should be widely advertised and all those qualified short-listed and interviewed before final appointment into those positions.”