The governing council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has announced the indefinite closure of the institution.
The registrar of the university, Gafar Shittu, in a statement on Monday in Osogbo, said that the closure of the institution was sequel to what he described as “notorious activities” of some non-teaching staff under the guise of unionism.
This statement reads: “The governing council of Osun State University has approved the closure of the university with immediate effect.
“This is sequel to the notorious activities of some non-teaching staff members under the guise of unionism.
“These activities now pose danger to lives and properties within and around the university campuses.
“Management wishes to sincerely apologise to parents, guardians and students for any inconveniences that this closure may cause.
“Efforts are geared towards addressing the prevalent lawlessness, finally.
“We urge our law abiding staff and students to remain calm and stay away from the campuses in the mean time.”
In his reaction to the closure, Isaiah Fayemi, the chairman of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the university, said he was shocked by the announcement of the closure.
“We are surprised that the management decided to close down the university,” he said.
“Our protests have been very peaceful since last week Wednesday when we started.”
Also, there was tension in the university after some operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) in the state allegedly attacked some workers during the protest.
It was gathered that the members of the non-teaching staff of the university had converged at the University Guest House at Olu Alabi Way, Opposite Ilelabo, G.R.A. Oke Fia, Osogbo to solidarise with some of their union leaders appearing before the Staff Disciplinary Committee of the school.
The heavily armed DSS officers were said to have prevented some of the union leaders from gaining entry into the Guest House despite their explanation that they had been invited.
Source: New feed2