The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University on Wednesday announced the indefinite closure of the university following the protest by aggrived students over the hike in the school fees.
The students started the protest against the new fee regime since about a month ago and had promised to continue until the university management discarded the decision.
In a statement issued to newsmen, the Public Relations Officer of OAU, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, explained that the management decided to shut down the institution in order to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
“The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, wishes to announce to the general public that due to persistent and violent disruption of normal activities and peace on campus occasioned by unrelenting demonstrations by students, led by the Student Union Government executive, the Senate of the University has decided to close down the university indefinitely.”
“This decision was taken in order to forestall further breakdown of law and order and to safeguard life and property on campus.
“Consequently, all students are directed to vacate their halls of residence and the university premises immediately but not later than 4pm on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
“All parents and guardians are hereby enjoined to ensure that their children and wards comply with this directive immediately.” The statement concluded.
The students, who had converged on the campus around 7am, were said to have made their way to the Senate Building of the institution carrying placards before they besieged the administrative blocks on campus and chased workers, mostly non-academic, out of their offices.