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Striking workers force FUNNAB vice chancellor to relocate from quarters

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‎The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof Olusola Oyewole has been forced to relocate from his official quarters following a protest by staff which led to the shut- down of all activities in the university.

The protest, which started on Tuesday was extended to the weekend by the protesters under the aegis of Non Academic‎ Staff Union, accusing the Vice-Chancellor of maladministration and non-challance towards their welfare.

The protesters, in their hundreds, said the Vice Chancellor had remain unmoved to their welfare demands, which include hazard allowances, approving allowances for academic staff and ignoring same for non academic staff, imposing academic staff as union leaders for non-academic staff among others.

The aggrieved workers also pointed out that all meetings to resolved these had turned to non issue to the Vice-Chancellor, who they alleged turned deaf ears to them, hence the need to embark on strike which led to total shut down of activities in the university.

However, an eyewitness account told Cityvoice that the peaceful protest, which started like a child play on Tuesday, made the management to hurriedly calling a meeting with the union.

The meeting sources said ended up in deadlock after hours and the leadership of the union stormed out to addressed their colleagues for stronger mobilization to continue the strike.

When the heat was becoming unberable for the Vice-Chancellor, and realising danger that may follow the protest, he was reported to have temporarily relocated from the official quarters located inside the university campus to an unknown abode as at the time of this report.

However, when contacted on phone for the reaction of the university authorities, the Public Relations Officer, Emi Alawode gave a pledge to send reaction under 10mins, but over an hour after she was not forthcoming.