The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has assured its students that nothing what so ever would affect the conduct of the 2017/2018 Rain semester examinations as the institution’s management has put everything in place to make it successful, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
In a statement released by the university’s spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju, the institution is fully ready for the conduct of the examinations as scheduled.
“It is very expedient to issue this press statement not only to make this clarification but also to emphasize the readiness of the university to conduct the examinations as scheduled, contrary to the falsehood which the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), OAU branch has been peddling about on the true position of things on the campus.
“Certainly, it will amount to gross deceit to claim that the current strike has been effective at OAU. It will not be out of place to describe the strike as the most ineffective, ever, in the history of OAU as academic and administrative activities have continued unabated. There is no form of interruption, whatsoever, have academic activities including teaching, learning and research, suffered since the strike began.
“The general public is quite aware that the 43rd convocation ceremony for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 graduating sets of the university was successfully held from 11th to 14th December, 2018.
“Even statutory meetings of the university such as senate, administrative staff committee meetings, appointments and promotions committee (A&PC) meetings, development committee meetings, junior staff committee meetings and the procurement committee meetings all held as scheduled.
“The university has also enjoyed the cooperation of non-teaching staff who are quite conversant with the issues at stake and can easily recognize the need to keep the Senate approved calendar of the university sacrosanct at this time.
“To further set the record straight concerning ASUU’s lies, at a management meeting held on December 17, 2018, reports from Provosts and Deans indicated that effective and efficient teaching had been carried out in all faculties even though a few lecturers had not completed the teaching of their assigned courses.
“The university management and the generality of the students will forever be grateful to them for their sacrifices. They have lived up to expectations of the new OAU that is devoid of disruptions of the academic calendar.
“The truth is that the OAU community has realized that incessant strikes compromise standards and has spoken with a very loud voice to reject this archaic model as an instrument for conflict resolution in modern citadels of learning,” part of the statement reads.
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