The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have shut down the institution indefinitely over continuous protests by some of its workers.
The Registrar of the university, Dotun Awoyemo confirmed this to our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday.
According to him, the management has decided to shut down the university for the safety of students and staff.
He said, “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.”
It was gathered that old students of the OAU were expected to resume next week after a two-month break.
Recall that workers of the OAU under the aegis of NASU and SSANU have intensified their protest against non-payment of allowances and alleged imposition of a Vice-Chancellor despite the ‘no work’, ‘no pay’ threat by the university’s authorities.
They vowed to stop the newly appointed VC from resuming office on Friday.
Our correspondent gathered that the protest intensified when the University’s Governing Council announced Prof. Ayobami Salam as the new VC.
Though the counsel to the university denied the appointment of a new VC at the Osogbo Federal High Court hearing last Friday afternoon, the Governing Council on Saturday officially announced Salami.