OAU lecturers may go on strike - ASUU

ASUU, Obafemi Awolowo University branch, has said it may embark on strike if the rising incidence of kidnapping in the country or risk industrial action by lecturers is not addressed.

OAU lecturers may go on strike - ASUU

ASUU said since the abduction of one of its members, Prof Yinka Adegbehingbe in Apomu axis of Osun State on Sunday, May 5 by Fulani herdsmen, workers, students and other members of the university community had been carrying out their duties in fear and anxiety.
Reading resolutions of the union after its congress to newsmen on the campus of the university, ASUU, OAU branch chairman, Dr Adeola Egbetokun, said during physical contact with the victim and his wife after the incident, the group confirmed that ransom was paid to Adegbehingbe’s abductors before his release.

He said though the branch could not on its own declare strike over the matter, Egbetokun, however, said if the insecurity was not urgently addressed, the national leadership of the union might be forced to embark on industrial action to compel government to act on the matter

Egbetokun said, “ASUU OAU, while unanimously condemning the criminal act of kidnapping not only as a crime against humanity and the state, also observed that it is a barbaric act violating the constitution, laws and customary decency of Nigeria.

ASUU OAU also sorrowfully acknowledged the degrees of fear, trepidation and anxiety pervading the atmosphere under which academic staff, students and other members of the university community are now going about their duties at the Obafemi Awolowo University.

"This is an unwelcome development capable of lowering the morale of workers and destroying academic, teaching and research activities.

ASUU OAU equally observed that though the crime of kidnapping is not new in Nigeria, its upsurge and gradual incursion into Osun State, which is often celebrated as of one the most peaceful states in Nigeria, are issues to be seen as worrisome, and of serious concern to the governor of the state as the Chief Security Officer, state Commissioner of Police, all security agencies, obas and traditional authorities, local governments, state authorities and the people of the state.”

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