Wednesday, 19 October 2016

NASU, SSANU Protest Purported Petition Against Elujoba's Administration

The seemingly calm atmosphere of Obafemi Awolowo University is now fading away, as the community was disturbed again on Wednesday, 19th October 2016.

Members of the OAU chapters of the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) gathered in their large numbers at the front of the University's Senate Building.

The workers, who had left their duty posts, were seen chanting solidarity songs in their loud voices.

Inquiries made by OAU Peeps News Agency revealed that the gathering was as a result of an announcement made by the leadership of the two unions; that their members should jettison work with immediate effect for an important meeting.

It was learnt that the University Management was petitioned by some aggrieved parties (especially from the camp of the ousted Management) over the source of the recently paid stack of allowances received by the University workers.

Speaking to the Union members, the NASU Chairman, Mr Odewumi said the leadership of the Unions, on getting wind of this, decided to meet with the University's Management in order to solidarize with them.

He said, the source of the funds used for the payment of the allowances was not illegitimate as it was directly from the government. He labelled the petition as “malicious, unfounded and a plot to stain the clean garments of the current University management under the leadership of Professor Anthony Elujoba.”

He therefore enjoined the Union members to be calm and return to their duty posts, pending the time the Union leadership will return from a meeting with the National body which they've been invited for. He said the petition issue and related issues will be dissected well at this meeting and reports would be made available to the workers as soon as they are back.

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