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In a directive issued to the Senior and Non-academic staff unions of the Institution (SSANU and NASU respectively), ordering them back to work; signed by the D.O Awoyeni, the university Registrar, the University Management in a press statement said:
“The University Administration has viewed with grave concern the continued absence of some members of Staff of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU) from their duty posts without any declaration of trade dispute since 7th June, 2016.
The University administration hereby directs all such members of staff to immediately report to their respective duty posts; otherwise, the University Administration may not be in a position to guarantee the payment of June 2016 salaries to these categories of staff.”
Members of the Non Academics Staff Union, NASU, of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, are protesting the appointment of Prof. Ayobami Salami as the new Vice Chancellor of the institution. Obafemi Awolowo University The workers accused the governing council of flouting court order that restrained it from appointing a new Vice Chancellor just as the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tale Omole was also accused of engaging in corrupt act while in office.
Speaking with newsmen during the protest, NASU chairman, OAU chapter, Mr Ademola Oketunde, faulted the governing council led by Prof. Rowland Ndoma-Egba, over the appointment, saying its action was a case of clear disregard for court order. But reacting, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju insisted that the appointment of Prof. Ayobami Salami followed due process. He said anyone who can prove that the outgoing vice chancellor had engaged in corrupt act should approach the relevant agencies of government