Non-academic staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has paralysed academic activities in
the campus over non-payment of their hazard allowance approved by the federal government since 2013.
But the management in a circular obtained through the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, explained that the university would pay the workers as soon as it gets the allowance from the federal government.
The workers under the aegis of Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) shut down all facilities on the campus including the senate building, health centre and library.
They also blocked all entrance to the university thus preventing vehicular movement in and out of the institution. The protest took another serious dimension on Tuesday as power and water supplies were totally shut down.
The chairman of the NASU, OAU chapter, Comrade Wole Odewunmi, explained that, “after this, if the management refuses to respond to our demand, we will notify the management of our strike action. This is just a notification ahead of our strike action.
“We met with the pro-chancellor but his response does not suite us. After I took the report of the meeting to our members, they decided that we should make our agitation known to the management and the public.
“For the past 64 months, we are owed hazard allowance and we have had several meetings but yielded no results.
“The two parties – government and management- keep pushing blames on one another and it is this people that we know that we will protest to.”
The protest will enter its fifth day by tomorrow Thursday.
Credit: Leadership News