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OAU striking workers vow to beat ad hoc staff as school reopens

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, reopened for academics on Tuesday, almost a month after it was forced to close due to the strike the non-teaching workers embarked upon in December.

“We welcome our students back to school,” the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, told CAMPUS REPORTER on Tuesday.

However, the striking non-teaching workers comprising members Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, told our correspondent they would not be part of the resumption and vowed to ‘beat up’ any ad hoc staff.

They have been on strike since December 4 over the dispute arising from the sharing ratio of the earned allowances, EA, released by the Federal Government.

While authorities insist on 89:11 sharing ratio between the academic staff and the aggrieved non-teaching workers, respectively, the latter want the EA to be shared equally.

“We are not resuming and we will make sure to beat up anyone hired to work or resume in our stead,” vowed NASU Chairman Wole Odebunmi i interview with our correspondent.

“The management is playing on our intelligence. We were called to a meeting last week Friday, where they informed us about students’ resumption, and we told them that we were not informed when the students were asked to go home,, and asked why were they calling us now.

“The strike is still total and we can only resume if the national body orders us to (resume),” Mr. Odebunmi said.

In reaction to the workers’ vow not to resume, the DSA, Mr. Aransi said: “We have resumed today, but lectures will start on Friday. We just want to tidy up some things to make the environment more conducive to everyone”.

As at the time of filing this report Tuesday evening, electricity and water supplies are yet to be restored, our correspondent confirmed.

Non-teaching workers’ strike led to the disruption of these vital services as well as the closure of the school’s health centre.

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