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Federal university, Oye Ekiti workers protest sack of 10 members

Federal university, Oye Ekiti workers protest sack of 10 members
 13.Feb.2015  DISQUS_COMMENTS   Sam Nwaoko-Ado Ekiti  , Nigerian Tribune 
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Workers of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, in Ekiti State have gone on rampage to protest the sack of 10 of their colleagues by the management of the institution for alleged unruly behaviour.
The protesting workers took to the streets on Thursday and closed down the institution, just as they disrupted commercial activities in the town.
The workers, who were said to have started the protest at about 7.00a.m, blocked the road leading to the university from the town and made bonfires.
The angry workers, who locked offices and prevented lecturers from attending to students, said the Vice Chancellor, Professor Isaac Asuzu, must rescind the sack.
However, security agents dispersed the protesters, who had also, earlier, closed the main gate of the university and some other offices, just as they provided security for Professor Asuzu and other management staff members.
Leaders of the protest, who are also victims, Mr. Foluso Ojo and Miss Obadore Kemisola, who were Executive Officers in the university, claimed that the management erred in sacking them for leading a protest to demand for their rights.
But in reaction, Professor Asuzu said the university took the action to prevent a few individuals from destabilising the university, saying the action he took was in line with the recommendations of the Professor Omoleyin-led panel set up to try the alleged offenders.
The Vice Chancellor said there was no discrimination in the trial of the
alleged offenders as claimed by the victims.
Workers of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti had on December 18, 2014, taken to the streets to protest alleged “outrageous tax deductions, halt in National Housing Fund deduction, confirmation of staff appointments,” among others and had described the action as illegal.