OAU shut indefinitely ‎over workers’ protest

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has shut down the institution indefinitely.

The closure was triggered by the protests by both academic and non academic staff who vowed to resist the imposition and resumption of the new Vice Chancellor, faulting his appointment process.

The closure came barely 36 hours to the expiration of the tenure of the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the OAU, Prof. Bamitale Omole.

The Registrar of the university, Dotun Awoyemi confirmed this in an announcement on a local radio station in Ile-Ife.

When contacted, Awoyemi explained that the closure was to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“We have shut down the university indefinitely pending the time that we will resolve issues with our workers – Non-academic Staff of University (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU).

“We have asked our newly admitted students to go home and postponed the resumption of old students indefinitely.”

Old students of the university were expected to resume next week after two months break.

Voice of Nigeria reports that ‎ the staff of the institution, under the aegis of NASU and SSANU have intensified protests against non-payment of allowances and alleged imposition of a Vice-Chancellor despite the ‘no work, ‘no pay’ threat by the university authorities.

The staff have vowed to stop the newly appointed VC from assuming duty on Friday, alleging that his appointment process is ‘illegal’.

The protest became more pronounced when the University’s Governing Council eventually announced Prof. Ayobami Salam as the new VC last Saturday.