University, OAU, Ile-Ife has shut down the campus indefinitely following
protests by workers over the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for
the university by its Governing Council, The Gazelle reports.
university presently going through orientation on campus have been
ordered to vacate the school premises with immediate effect while
resumption of the returning students has been postponed indefinitely.
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).
aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and
Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) of OAU had begun their
protests and strike action since June 6, after taking the university
authorities to court over the appointment of the Deputy. VC of the
school, Prof. Ayobami Salami as the new VC.
Tuesday appeared in red and black dresses accusing the university
Governing Council of imposing the new vice-chancellor while they vowed
to prevent Salami from resuming office on Friday.
threatened not to pay the salaries of the protesting workers should they
continue with the protests and strike but the workers shunned the order
as they resumed protests on Wednesday.
campus heightened as the workers barricaded all roads leading to the
Senate Building of the school preventing vehicular movement.
Odewunmi had accused the University Governing Council of illegality in
the appointment of the new VC.
Comrade Ademola Oketunde said the unions were set for showdown with the
out-going VC, prof. Bamitale Omole as he completes his tenure on
that the appointment of the new VC followed due process saying the
protests by the workers were uncalled for.