The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife has reacted to the strike embarked upon by the varsity’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

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On Monday, lecturers at the institution had declared an indefinite strike over alleged non-payment of earned academic allowance (EAA) to its members by the management.

Adeola Egbedokun, the varsity’s ASUU chairman, had said the strike became imperative after efforts to resolve the issue with the institution’s management proved abortive.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Abiodun Olarewaju, the varsity’s spokesman, called on the public to disregard the strike, adding that students are still attending lectures on campus.

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The institution said the “overwhelming majority” of its academic staff are neither on strike nor intend to follow the directive by ASUU.

“The attention of the Management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has been drawn to a circular issued by a section of the academic staff, ASUU, calling on its members to go on strike, beginning from Monday, 31st January 2022,” it read.

“The University Management is using this medium to inform the general public, particularly our students, their parents or guardians, that overwhelming majority of the academic staff in OAU are not on strike neither do they have the intention of going on any strike action. In actual fact, lectures are ongoing and students are being attended to by lecturers in their respective departments.

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“In view of this, parents, guardians, alumni, and friends of the University are assured of uninterrupted academic calendar, as our students are advised to go about their normal academic activities because there is no cause for concern or alarm.

“In addition, the University Management wishes to appreciate the majority of our lecturers who have the interest of the students at heart, and have been teaching and attending to students.”

The varsity’s ASUU is yet to react to the management’s claim as of the time of this report.

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