Following intensified protest by workers of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the authorities have shut down the institution indefinitely.
The closure came barely 36 hours to the expiration of the tenure of the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the OAU, Prof. Bamitale Omole.
The Registrar of the university, Dotun Awoyemi, confirmed this during an announcement on a radio station in Ile-Ife.
When contacted by our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday. Awoyemi explained that the closure was to ensure 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, claiming that his appointment process was ‘illegal’.
Our correspondent gathered that the protest intensified when the University’s Governing Council announced Prof. Ayobami Salam as the new VC last Saturday.