OAU shut down indefinitely

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THE management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, on Monday, ordered students to vacate the campus, after its emergency Senate meeting held on Sunday.

Nigerian Tribune authoritatively gathered that the closure, which the institution management described as as mid-semester break was necessitated by the continuous protest and shut down of facilities on the university campus by workers, under the aegis of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

The NASU members, had last Wednesday, embarked on a warning strike and protests to demand the payment of their  hazard allowances for about 64 months.

While the protests lasted, the aggrieved workers shut down the school gate and other facilities, including the university senate building and library, halting  vehicular movements in and outside the institution.

Speaking on the closure, the university Public Relations Officer (PRO),  Mr Biodun Olarewaju contended  that the university only declared a ‘mid-semester break’ not closure.

He said it was untrue  that the break was connected to the protest by workers of the university, stressing that the school only wanted its students to go and have a rest.

According to Olanrewaju “at the emergency meeting of yesterday (Monday), the senate has approved that the management give the students mid-semester break, not closure. We will communicate to you in due course. The students should enjoy their Sallah celebration.”

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