University Student’s Death Sparks Controversy Amidst SSANU Strike

The Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), finds itself embroiled in controversy following the death of a student on Tuesday morning, attributed to the closure of the institution’s clinic amid the ongoing strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU).

FUOYE Vice Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Fasina, pointed fingers at SSANU, accusing them of insensitivity and misinformation, which allegedly led to the closure of the clinic and subsequent invasion of the university premises by hoodlums. Fasina expressed dismay over the loss of a student’s life due to the unavailability of medical care, emphasizing the importance of maintaining campus security and continuity of essential services.

However, SSANU chairman, Oluwaseun Faleye, countered these claims, asserting that the university had been duly notified of the seven-day warning strike and accusing the management of attempting to intimidate the union members. Faleye denied inciting or leading any invasion, highlighting the union’s commitment to peaceful industrial action in line with national directives.

The conflicting narratives between the university management and SSANU underscore the tensions surrounding labor disputes in the education sector. As investigations continue into the circumstances of the student’s death, both parties stand firm in their positions, raising questions about accountability, campus security, and the rights of university staff to engage in industrial action.


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