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OAU Staff Stage Protest Over Non-Payment of Allowances

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). Photo: Sahara Reporters
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). Photo: Sahara Reporters

The members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Monday, protested against the non-payment of allowances and other irregularities.

Both unions left their various offices for the freedom park, a spot directly opposite the institution’s Senate building to make their demands.

The development grounded activities in some departments, particularly those whose courses were linked to practical in the laboratory.

According to report, the protest was aimed at drawing the attention of the public to the injustice of the management against students and staff of the university and also to request for all implementation of a 2004 agreement with the school management.

Oketunde Ademola, SSANU branch chairman of OAU, stated that the action is meant to reveal the displeasure of the non-teaching staff toward the injustice.

“We are in this struggle because there is fraud and we are protesting against it. We have complained to the Federal Government. We have written to the EFCC, nothing has been done about it.

“We have also written to the director of State Security Service (SSS), nothing has been done. We have written to many agencies.

“It is even beyond the issue of earned allowance. If they implement earned allowance today, we want the government to set up a very powerful panel to investigate OAU,” the Chairman stated.
Wole Odewunmi, OAU NASU Chairman, noted that despite the approval of the earned allowance by the institution’s Governing Council, there has not been full implementation.

“The parts which deal with the generality of staff, such as Hazard allowance, have never been implemented,” Odewunmi stated.

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