The workers of Obafemi Awolowo University,(OAU) Ile-Ife on Monday virtually mounted a blockade of the office of the registrar of the university, Mrs Ronke Akeredolu.
It was gathered that the blockade was triggered by a rumour that the bursar had prepared a cheque of N30 million to be paid to the former Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Bamitale Omole, as his severance entitlement.
The former VC, was removed from office after protests by the workers.
Armed with charms, the workers blocked all entrances to the ground floor at the Senate Building of the OAU to prevent the bursar’s escape.
One of the workers (name withheld ) said, “This is unfair. They thought we are fools and could be cheated anyhow.
“When ever we demand for our allowances, the bursar usually tells us that there is no money.
“To our surprise, the same bursar prepared a cheque of N30 million to be delivered to the former VC, who denied us of several rights.” He stated.
Another worker said, “They made the move during the weekend. They wanted to sideline both Senior and non-academic staff not knowing that we are at alert. Some of the top officials have already travelled out of the country.”
Chairman of the non-academic staff, Comrade Wole Odewunmi, after a meeting with the VC and other officials of the university management announced that agreement has been reached for payment of the allowances.
After the announcement, the workers disagreed and asked their leaders to go and renegotiate the date, when the payment would be effected.
Addressing the workers, the VC said the numbers of month to be paid would be communicated to the workers latest Wednesday.