Workers if the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have halted all activities on campus over the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor by the school’s governing council.
The fresh intakes of the university currently being orientated have been ordered to leave the school premises and the resumption of the returning students postponed till further notice.
The Registra of the school while confirming the reports said, the management decided to shut down the school for the safety of staff and students.
“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,” he said.
Members of the school’s chapter of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) & Senior Staff Association Of Nigerian Universities had started their strike action and protests since June 6, after sueing the university management over the appointment of former Deputy Vice-Chancellor as new Vice-Chancellor by the school’s governing council.
Some of the members of the union and association had earlier on Tuesday wore red and black clothes to protest rebuking the school management for imposing a new VC on them and vowing not to allow Professor Salami resume work.
OAU’s management threatened the striking workers that their salaries wouldn’t be paidif they continued their strike action, but it seems the threat fell on deaf ears as they resumed back their protests on Wednesday.
The Unions while accusing the university of illegality in the appointment of the new VC vowed not to stop until the appointment is reversed.
The school management has however reacted to this by saying that due process was followed in the selection of the new VC.