UNIOSUN Workers Shut Down School
Workers of the Osun State University have commenced fresh industrial action.
The fresh protest is over an alleged move by the management and the University Council to suspend some of their union leaders for exposing alleged fraudulent activities of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Labo Popoola.
This latest development has paralyzed academic and commercial activities on the six campuses making up the University.
The protesting workers under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC), prevented the Vice Chancellor and other teaching staff from entering the campus on Thursday and Friday.
Recall that the workers had claimed that the VC mismanaged over N100million, among other allegations of highhandedness and non-remittance of pension.
The workers, who are members of NASU, NAAT and SSANU of the institution asked for the sack of Popoola over the alleged offences.
The school’s Governing Council had set up a committee to probe the allegations against Popoola.
The report of the probe panel absolved the VC of the allegations.
The workers, however faulted the report. NASU and JAC chairmen, Isaiah Fayemi and Lekan Adiat, respectively, said the report issued by the committee was not genuine.
They accused the management of intimidation, harassment, humiliation, threat and infliction of pain.
They also alleged that the management made a move to suspend eleven union leaders in the University.
To press home their demands, the workers shunned their respective duties on Thursday and Friday and converged on the school main gate.
They made a mock burial of the Vice Chancellor as they fried bean cake which signals burial activity.
A copy of the resolution of JAC at its congress held on Wednesday, May 23, stated that the workers were disappointed at the university for allegedly continuing to apply what they termed "draconian, autocratic and obnoxious rules".
They expressed dismay that the University management and council allegedly refused to listen and adhere to the interventions made by the House of Assembly, Head of Service and Security Agencies.
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