Senate to intervene in Obafemi Awolowo University crisis
The Nigerian Senate has promised to look into the crisis rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University over the appointment of a vice chancellor.
This was in response to the demand for the institution to be opened for academic activities by its students via social media.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, tweeted on Saturday through his personal Twitter Account, @BukolaSaraki, expressing the red chamber’s commitment to ensuring the crisis was resolved.
“The Nigerian Senate will look into this crisis during her next plenary session,” he tweeted.
Obafemi Awolowo University was shut following tension arising from controversies surrounding the appointment of Ayobami Salami, as vice chancellor for the institution.
Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SANU), protested the appointment, saying due process was not followed.
Reacting to the imbroglio, the federal government dissolved the university’s governing council and ordered Mr. Salami to vacate the office pending the decision of a Federal High Court in Osogbo on the matter.
Students complained about the federal government’s failure to constitute a new governing council, and the closing of the institution to academic activities.
The students took to social media in large numbers, and led by the Association of Campus Journalists, demanded the reopening of the school.
According to the students, the institution only completed one semester in 2016 while over 90 days had so far been spent at home.
They argued that they were now lagging behind other schools, urging the management to pay the over 76 months allowances of the protesting workers.
Meanwhile, the case for determination regarding the crisis at the Federal High Court Osogbo, was adjourned till October 5,2016, for further hearing.