The Congress of Universities dissociates itself from the ASUU strike at the OAU –

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The University Academics Congress, a branch of Obafemi Awolowo University, has dissociated itself from the indefinite strike launched by the institution’s University Academic Staff Union.

CONUA Chairman Dr. Niyi Sunmonu said so in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ile-Ife.

Sunmonu said strike action by ASUU was not necessary.

NAN reports that the OAU ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on Monday over non-payment of earned academic allowance.

Sunmonu, however, said that since the school management took appropriate action by meeting with the academic union three times over the EAA payment, the strike was unjustified.

He said: “We have entered into a constructive dialogue with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, on the payment of the indemnity.

“But at this time we don’t know what is delaying the payment.

“The complaint made by the Vice-Chancellor is that he has two different payment models and we believe that as Chief Executive he has to decide how best to disburse the money.”

The union leader, however, said that the University authorities had ordered the audit unit to review the two models and submit a report to the Vice-Chancellor to take action.

Sunmonu said, “With this arrangement, I don’t think we need to disrupt the university calendar by going on strike.

“Why should we punish innocent students for this?

“I think the results of the audit unit will be out soon and things will be sorted out.”

In a related development, the institution’s management, in a statement by its public relations officer, Biodun Olanrewaju, said the university’s academic staff union was not on strike.

Olarewaju, while assuring parents, guardians, alumni and university friends of an uninterrupted academic schedule, urged students to go about their normal academic activities.

He said: “University management uses this medium to inform the general public, especially our students, parents or guardians, that the overwhelming majority of OAU academic staff are neither on strike nor intends to strike.

“In reality, the courses continue and the students are followed by professors from their respective departments.

“Furthermore, the University management wishes to thank the majority of our lecturers who have the interest of the students at heart and who have taught and assisted the students.”

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