Tuesday, 15 August 2017

ASUU STRIKE UPDATE: 'OAU Not Taking Part In Ongoing ASUU Strike’ – Vice Chancellor

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, will not be taking part in the ongoing indefinite ASUU strike declared Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Monday, August 14, PREMIUM TIMES reports.

According to the vice-chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, the lecturers of the university have no interest in the strike and would thus continue with their academic activities.

“OAU is not on strike. As at today, no lecturer has told me that they want to go on strike. We are not participating in any national ASUU strike,” Mr. Ogunbodede said.

“If they tell me they want to go on strike, then it is a different case, As such, I must have seen that all of my academic staff want to go on strike.

“In OAU, we have ‘unions’; neither of the two has told me they want to join the ASUU strike so we are not joining any strike at all.”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities split into two factions in OAU in 2016 after a group of the teachers announced the removal of Caleb Aborisade as the union’s chairman, due to a crisis over the appointment of Anthony Elujoba as acting vice-chancellor of the university.

Mr. Aborisade and a group of teachers were opposed to the process that led to the appointment of the acting vice-chancellor.

Although Mr. Aborisade refused to step down after teachers loyal to the acting vice-chancellor announced his removal, they dissolved the leadership of ASUU and announced Niyi Sunmonu as chairman of a caretaker committee in its place.

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