The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife chapter, yesterday began an indefinite strike. This is as a result of unpaid allowances of members owed.
The union has since sought the permission of its national secretariat to embark on strike during the last emergency congress on January 11.
The strike was announced by the union through its Chairman, Adeola Egbedokun, in a statement yesterday after an emergency congress.
Egbedokun in his words said: “Congress was called on Monday and we had a discussion on Earned Academic Allowance (EAA). The chairman briefed Congress on the series of engagements the executive has had with some senior members of the university community.
Egbedokun also reported his phone conversation on OAU strike with the vice-chancellor:
“Congress noted that there was no serious commitment on the part of the university to effect payment of EAA to deserving members. Congress also noted that all political and diplomatic means to resolve the imbroglio had failed.
Payment of EAA must be based on ASUU computation. Anything short of this will be unacceptable. A Strike Coordinating Committee should be set up to monitor the strike.
Based on the above and on the strength of the permission granted by ASUU National President, the Chairman, on behalf of the congress, declared the commencement of ASUU strike.”