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OOU students protest continued closure of school

Kolade Larewaju and Gbenga Akinwunmi
STUDENTS of the Olabisi Onabajo University, Ago- Iwoye took to the streets of Ago-Iwoye and major towns in the area Friday to protest the continued closure of their institution which has lasted several months.

Chanting solidarity songs to decry the attitude of government to their plight, the students accused Governor Daniel of being insensitive and urged all Nigerians to come to their aid.

Marching through the streets of Ago-Iwoye, Oru and Ijebu-Igbo, the students blocked the road leading to their campus from Ijebu-Ode.

For about two hours while the protest lasted, shop owners locked up their shops and petrol stations stopped dispensing fuel.

Meanwhile, expectations that the on-going strike action of the Academic Staff Union of the University (ASUU) would be resolved failed on Thursday, as the Union vowed not to end the industrial action except the Ogun State Government paid part of salaries owed.

The aggrieved union made its position known, following media reports in the State that the government had paid the group’s N 450million subvention. Hence, the staff should end the four months-old industrial action.

But the Chairman, ASUU, OOU chapter, Dr. Adsesola Nasir, disclosed at a congress, in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, that the Union was ready to resume work if the government would release the subventions for the payment of 3 months salaries and arrears out of the money they were being owed.

Nasir argued that if the union resumed on the basis of the information released by the government without proper payment schedule, it implied that the staff wasted its time on the struggle.


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