OAU reopens after 2 months strike

Undergraduates and prospective students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife can now heave a sigh of relief as authorities of the institution have asked them to return back to school next Wednesday.

The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Biodun Olarewaju, confirmed this in a press statement on Thursday.

Activities in the university have been grounded for two months by members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities who protested the manner in which the appointment of a new VC was being carried out.

According to the statement, new students are expected to resume next Wednesday and next Sunday was approved for the resumption of old students.

The statement read in part, “The Senate of the OAU has approved Wednesday, August 3, for the resumption of continuation of screening exercise for the new Students while the Stalites will come into residence on Sunday, August 7.

“The Senate gave the go-ahead to reopen the Institution during a special meeting it held to consider a proposed amendment to this session’s academic calendar.”

According to the statement, the decision-making meeting was chaired by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Elujoba.

Elujoba assured that his administration would ensure that proper measures were put in place to prevent similar closure.

The statement added, “While assuring that he would fearlessly attempt all the changes that will glorify the ‘life’ of the Institution in fearness, truth and justice. The acting VC discloses that he has plans to seek, and to gather the main lessons derivable from the unfortunate episode that brought the University to where it is today and make recommendations to prevent similar occurrences in the future.‎”

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