Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Wednesday evening, shut down the institution indefinitely over the prolong protests and strike action embarked upon by members of the Non Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
Both members of NASU and SSANU, OAU chapters, have shunned work and embarked on protests for over a week, to kick against the recent appointment of Professor Ayobami Salami, as the new Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university.
They vowed to make it impossible for the new VC to officially resume duties on Friday, contending that processes culminating into his appointment was allegedly fraught with irregularities and cannot stand.
But, the Registrar of OAU, Mr Dotun Awoyemi, who confirmed the decision to close down the institution indefinitely to journalists, on Wednesday, attributed the development to the need to ensure the safety of staff and students of the university.
According to him, “we have shut down the university indefinitely pending the time we would resolve with our workers, who are members of NASU and SSANU.
“We have asked our newly admitted students to go home and postponed the resumption of the old students indefinitely.”
It would recalled that members of NASU and SSANU have been on protest for more than a week, denouncing the failure of the university management to pay outstanding allowances and rejecting the appointment of Professor Ayobami Salami as the new VC for the university.
They also expressed their determination to disallow the official resumption of Salami as the VC on Friday, just as their protests have paralysed social and academic activities on campus.