By Adetula David
In reaction to the Circular issued by the management of Obafemi Awolowo University directing members of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) to resume work on or before next week Tuesday, the Union has said the management will get a desired response very early on Tuesday morning.
Aggrieved by the direction of the university management, the NASU chairman, Comrade Wole Odewunmi has ruled out the possibility of his members resuming back to work on Tuesday if the Management does not accede to their demands. In a telephone chat with our correspondent, Comrade Odewunmi asserts the NASU’s position as situation currently stands.
“Our reaction to it (Circular) will come next week Tuesday by the grace of God as early as possible because we have got the paper and we have prepared our own too.
“There is nothing of such (possibility of compliance to the management’s directive). On Tuesday morning, as early as possible, the University authority will see the NASU in flying colours... They will see us in flying and thick colour.
“I can promise you that on Tuesday morning, in this school, they will know that the NASU is part and parcel of this university.”
Comrade Odewunmi also denied reports that the NASU OAU has written to the Federal Government on the matter. According to him, the Union wants to exhaust all means to get to the desired point.
The NASU Chairman also confirmed their meeting with the Ooni of Ife. He said the meeting with Ooni allowed them to concede power and water supplies for 3 days. Comrade Odewunmi further denied reports credited to the University Public Relations Officer, Mr Biodun Olanrewaju that the Police dismantled their barricade. He said his members never mounted any barricade since they returned from the meeting with Ooni of Ife and as such no barricade was dismantled.
With this, the NASU seems not to have subscribed to the same page with the management yet. The question on the lips of many Great Ife students since the news of resumption date announcement filtered out has been; will lectures really resume on Tuesday when the NASU is yet to be settled? Tuesday is about four (4) days away from now.