Workers of the Ondo State-owned Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, on yesterday shut the school over an alleged dismissal of over 35 of their colleagues.
The workers, who shut the school’s main gate, vowed to paralyse all academic and non-academic activities in the school until their sacked colleagues are recalled to duty.
According to them, the sacked colleagues were duly employed, issued appointment letters, did all documentations and had worked in the school for over six months before the University Council Chairman, Professor Adesomoju, ordered their dismissal on Tuesday.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman, Joint Action Committee of OAUSTECH, Mr. Dayo Temola, said: “We woke to a shocking news that over 22 members of staff have been sacked after a meeting of the university’s governing council held yesterday, June 20, 2023. It is trite to say that when this news had earlier filtered, it was debunked by university’s management/ council until yesterday.
“We, therefore, reiterate that the basis for justification of these mass sack by the council is not tenable and will neither be tolerated nor accepted.”
”The unions of SSANU, NASU and NAAT hereby reject this mass sack and demand the followings: That the mass sack been reversed with immediate effect and that Ondo State Government should as a matter of urgency set up a visitation panel in line with with the University laws.”
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Paul Adeagbo, said that the institution would soon come up with a comprehensive reaction to the allegation.