The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife has extended the insitution’s mid-semester break by four weeks.

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Magaret Omosule, the varsity’s registrar, announced the extension in a statement on Thursday.

On March 28, the varsity had announced a two-week mid-semester break for its staff and students.

According to Omosule, the extension of the break was necessary in the wake of ongoing industrial actions embarked upon by various staff unions in the Nigerian university system.

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The registrar added that the extended break would take effect as from April 11.

“With full realisation of the import and impact of the industrial actions embarked upon by the various unions within the Nigerian university system, the university management has decided to elongate the mid-semester break by four (4) weeks,” the statement reads.

“Students are therefore directed to continue with the mid-semester break for four (4) weeks beginning from Monday, April 11, 2022.”

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For some weeks now, academic activities in several varsities across the country have remained paralysed due to strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The union has been on strike since February 14 over government’s alleged failure to implement its demands.

On March 27, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU) also declared two-week warning strike.

The development has continued to elicit concerns among stakeholders in the education sector.

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