THE administrative, as well as manual work suffered a setback at Obafemi Awolowo University, as the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities of the institution joined in the nation-wide strike embarked upon by the association.
OSUN DEFENDER’s visit to the university in Ile-Ife on Wednesday revealed that though the administrative workers of the institution came to their respective offices, but they did not do any work.
The recent down-tool by the association had brought a temporary set-back to the administrative work in the institution, OSUN DEFENDER was told in a chat with an official of the institution.
Also in the halls of residence, which were supposed to be manned by porters in the institution, a visit to the halls revealed that they were not at the entrances of the halls to attend to visitors, but there were few security men, who were only rendering skeletal services.
Some of the workers approached by the medium refused to comment on the nation-wide industrial action, as they simply chorused that it was an order from the national body of the union.
Some of the students, while commenting on the strike said: “If the government does not attend to the workers’ demands and the strike persists for days, there may be outbreak of epidemics in the institution, coupled with the acute shortage of water the students have been facing since the resumption of this semester.
In a related development, the students have expressed fear that this academic session may be interrupted as a result of the strike, the Association of Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU) were planning to embark upon by the association before this week runs out.
Some of the students who expressed fear said that other universities in the South-Western part of the country planning to join in the strike have finished their rain semester examination, while Obafemi Awolowo University had just resumed few weeks ago for the Rain Semester.
Those students who expressed fear said this might elongate their academic year, unnecessarily in the university.
They therefore appealed to the Federal Government to grant the demand of ASUU as it is in the interest of the nation and the development of the nation’s education sector, they stressed.
By SOLA JACOBS