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Despite that the issues that led to the closure of the Osun State University, Osogbo are yet to be resolved, the Senate of the institution had announced its reopening.
The University was on Monday, May 28, 2018 shut down following the industrial tussle between the management and the workers of the University.
Since the non-teaching staff of the University had accused the school Vice Chancellor, Prof. Labo Popoola of financial fraud and reckless, there has not been peace in the six campuses making the state university.
The workers who are members of NASU, NAAT and SSANU had also accused the Governing Council of the University of hobnobbing with Popoola to wreck the treasury of the University alleging that the alleged misappropriation of funds was party responsibility for the inability of the management to pay them their allowances.
Although, the management had set up a panel to probe the workers’ allegations before the panel exonerated the Vice Chancellor of all the allegations, the workers still insisted that Popoola was guilty as charged and that the panel should make public the reports and recommendations that absorbed Popoola.
After the State House of Assembly, Head of Service, Heads of Security Agencies in the state had intervened and asked all parties to shealth their swords and return to status quo, the workers had suspended their strike and returned to work since the Assembly promised to investigate the allegations.
But the crisis resumed with another dangerous dimension when the management was said to have suspended ten of the union leaders on campus over the allegations that they disturbed the peace of the school through their protests.
After refusing to accept and acknowledge the suspension letter forwarded to their email addresses, the management was said to have issued queiry to the suspended staff and asked the to appear before the Staff Disciplinary Committee (SDC) to explain why they protested in the school.
Meanwhile, there has been a pending Court case on SDC as the workers had accused the Vice Chanceeof removing workers who were members of the committee and replacing them with members of the management.
The union leaders, while speaking with our correspondent alleged that Popoola replaced workers with his stoogies in order to victimise and harrass the workers.
Eventually, the union leaders who were served query decided to show up before the disciplinary committee on Monday at the University Guest House in GRA, Osogbo where the committee sat.
The committee had deployed security agencies to the venue to guide against break down of law and order.
But crisis broke out at the venue after workers mobilised in their large number to solidarise with their leaders who were summoned by the committee.
The crisis climaxed negatively following a clash between security agents and the workers after an operative of the Department of State Security in the state brutalised one of the union leaders.
The heavily armed DSS operative was said to have repeatedly kicked the treasurer of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Comrade Hameed Owoh and caused him injuries on his forehead and nose.
Few hours after this occurred, the Senate of the University announced it’s indefinite closure.
But on Friday, the Senate said it has re-opened the University and that academic activities would commence on Monday, June 4.
The reopening announcement was contained in a statement issued by Gafar Adebayo Shittu, the Registrar of the University and Secretary to Council.
It reads, “The Senate of the University has reviewed the circumstances surrounding the closure of the University on Monday 28 May, 2018.
“Senate also notes the written commitment to be of good conduct by the few staff members who have been tormenting the University over the last few years to security agencies in the State of Osun.
Senate will therefore, like to convey the approval of Council that the University be re-opened for academic activities on Monday 04 June, 2018.
While thanking the Government of the State of Osun, security agencies, parents, guardians, students and law abiding staff of the University for their forbearance, understanding and cooperation, Senate wishes to reiterate the resolve of Council and Management to uphold academic culture, apply strictly, the rules and regulations of the University and ensure law and order expected of a truly 21st Century University.”
But upon all this allegations, the vice chancellor has maintained that he was not guilty adding that the crisis in the University was a case of corruption fighting back.