ASUU Crisis: OAU Pulls Out Of National Body

By Adejumo Kabir

The Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) has pulled out of the national body to form a new body following the conflict between the national body and the school chapter.

According to the resolution of the congress of OAU chapter that held recently and signed by the Chairman of its caretaker committee, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, the congress condemned the resolution of the ASUU National Executive Council meeting on the issues affecting the chapter.

“Last year, 732 of the 1,371 academic staff of Obafemi Awolowo University wrote to the university management to stop payment of their check off dues to the national body to express our displeasure against the way the national body handles the OAU branch crisis. There are several reasons for pulling out which include the alleged unilateral removal of the elected Treasurer by ASUU National President and also the alleged transfer of N11 million from OAU branch account to ASUU national account.

It would be recalled that the university chapter of ASUU have not be in good term with the national body following the removal of Dr. Caleb Aborisade-led executives by the branch congress which was rejected by the national body.

However, the OAU chapter has vowed to be with Dr. Niyi Sunmonu-led caretaker committee and stopped payment of their check off dues to the national body.

 

“We Will Stop Our Strike When FG Attend To Our Issues” – OAU JAC

By Sodiq Lawal

The Obafemi Awolowo University Joint Action Committee, JAC, of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU; Non Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU; and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT has stressed that activities at the University will be restored when the Federal Government shows adequate resolve to address the issues raised by the striking workers.

Workers in the institution under the banner of Joint Action Committee had declared an indefinite strike over welfare issues, which paralysed activities in the prestigious school.

Speaking on the resolve of the workers to embark on a full strike, a senior official of NASU, Comrade Akindele Akinibi said that it reluctantly took the decision after it seemed the federal government is not prepared to address issues raised by the workers.

He noted that NASU in the institution tried to keep activities within some limit even when the national body directed otherwise, maintaining that only the federal government can ensure resumption of activities in the institution.

He said “the national body are not happy with us because we did not follow their directives by making sure no exams hold and collecting some certain amount of money from the university management so as to make everything go smoothly on campus.”

“As it stands now it is only the Federal Government that can end the ongoing national strike but if they fail to do so then we will make sure that we follow the directives from the national levels with 100% compliance” he said.

Aside recently admitted students whose resumption may be stalled by the ongoing strike, Mr. Akinibi hinted that light and water in the institution may soon be interrupted.

“The Freshers resumption can not even be guaranteed as at now because the ongoing national strike is not an OAU Affair but its a national issue,” he noted, adding that “ water and light might be taken anytime, all this can be guaranteed if the Federal Government can answer our call and do the needful.”

The crisis in OAU, it would be recalled, emerged after the federal government released a N23 billion ‘Earned Allowance’ to University workers but was shared using 89% to 11%.

OAU ASUU Withdraws From National Body

By Sodiq Lawal

The Academic Staff Union of Universities of Obafemi Awolowo University Chapter (ASUU OAU) has withdrawn from the national body.

It was gathered that a new association was formed following prolonged face-off between the national and local chapter of the union.

The OAU chapter’s decision to pull out of the national body was taken at a congress on February 12, which rejected the resolutions of ASUU’s National Executive Council (ASUU-NEC) meeting on the face-off between it and the parent body.

Our correspondent learnt that the congress decided “to constitute itself into a branch that is totally independent of NEC, adopt appropriate name and open a new branch account for the check-off dues of its members in this regards”

This was contained in the local branch’s resolution signed by the chairman of its caretaker committee, Dr Niyi Sunmonu.

It could be recalled that last years, 732 of the 1,371 OAU academic workers wrote the university management to stop payment of their check-off dues to the national body in protest against the way the latter handled the branch’s crisis.

Other reasons given by OAU’s branch to form a new union include the alleged unilateral removal of the elected treasurer by ASUU national president and the alleged transfer of N11 million from OAU branch account to ASUU national account.

The congress noted that the removal of the duly elected treasurer and transfer of the money prompted majority of the members to request that the deduction of their check-off dues to ASUU national body be stopped.

OAU Fresh Students To Resume On April 3

By Sodiq Lawal

The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, has approved April 3rd and April 15th ,2018 as resumption dates for Fresh students and returning students respectively.

This was made known in an exclusive interview with the Dean Of Students Affairs,Prof. I.O. Aransi on Wednesday.

He said that students should adhere to the new accommodation policy as everyone currently residing in the Halls of residence are to remove all personal belonging including their sleeping mattresses as soon as the University goes on vacation at the end of the 2016/2017 academic session.

“”The Division will not be responsible for any loss or damage of property and no Student is permitted to occupy in any room until the official allocation of such room is made,” he said.

It will be recalled that the resumption date was initially fixed for the 3rd of March according to the amended calendar released on the website of university but the date has now been changed to April 3.

Suspended OAU Student Begs For Reinstatement

By Sodiq Lawal

Following a protest at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, last October that led to the suspension of some students who partook in the protest, one of the suspended students, Ibukun Omole, has written the University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunmodede, appealing the school’s decision.

Omole, a 500-level student of Department of Civil Engineering, in the appeal letter dated February 6, said he was not on campus on Friday, October 6, 2017, the day the protest was staged.

In his apology letter made available to our correspondent, he stated that: “I hereby humbly write your good office to appeal for my reinstatement as a student of the university. I was suspended via a letter RO.62 Vol.XVII/205 dated 6th October, 2017, titled SUSPENSION FROM THE UNIVERSITY PENDING POLICE INVESTIGATIONS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, and signed by the registrar of the university.

“The letter stated that I was part of disruptive activities on and outside the university campus on 5th and 6th October, 2017. The letter also said that I was under a police investigation for these aforesaid activities. May I humbly state from the onset that I was on the university campus on 5th of October, 2017 but was NOT on the campus on 6th October, 2017.

“In respect of my activities on 5th of October, 2017, I wish to state that I did not have any intention of participating in a disruptive activity. I attended a legitimate congress of the students’ union called by the then president of the students’ union, to discuss issues of non-supply of power supply and other utilities on campus, on Thursday, 5th October, 2017. I was also part of a peaceful procession that was resolved to by the congress and carried out after the congress on the same day. No university property was vandalised or destroyed, neither was anyone molested, harassed or assaulted, from my observation as a participant in the procession.

“My participation in the procession was not based on any intent of embarrassing the university and its officials (who I hold with much regard) or disrupting the activities on campus. Rather it was premised on drawing the attention of the university authorities to the plight of students, and seeking immediate relief for students, including myself, who have had to suffer the power outage and water shortage for days.”

“Furthermore, I wish to add that I am not aware of any police investigation of my personality or activities as I have not been contacted by any police authority.”

 

 

 

OAU Reinstates Suspended Student

By Sodiq Lawal

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has reinstated one out of the four students that were suspended for protesting over poor welfare in October.

The institution has lifted the suspension on John Udeh, a 200 level student of Arts and Social Science Education following his letter of apology to the management dated 16th November, 2017.

According to his reinstatement letter issued by the Registrar of the university, Mr. Dotun Awoyemi and made available to our correspondent, his apology has made the university reversed his suspension.

The letter partly read: “After due consideration of the content of your letter of apology and security report that you have strictly compiled with the conditions given in the letter suspending you from the university, the Vice Chancellor has graciously directed that the suspension order on you be lifted forthwith. In this respect and in compliance with the Vice Chancellor’s directives, the suspension is hereby lifted and your studentship reinstated with immediate effect”

Confirming his reinstatement to our correspondent , the Registrar of the university, Dotun Awoyemi said: “The reinstated student already complied with the provisions of the suspension that pending their suspension, they should not be seen on campus which he abide with. We are also parents and we need not to delay his reinstatement since he already apologised. If others do the needful, they will also be considered.”

Also, the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi told our correspondent that the reinstated student has shown sense of remorse.

“The reinstated student has shown a sense of remorseful. He wrote a letter of apology and the university considered that. We need to reform our students to do what is right. He has gotten letter of reinstatement. That’s all”, he said.