DELSU Shut Down as Workers Protest
Delta State University, Oleh Campus has been reportedly shut down following a protest promulgated by sacked workers of the institution in Isoko South Council Area of the state, upon their job termination on Monday, 7th of November 2016. According to punch reports, the action of the aggrieved workers has since then, interrupted the activities of the institution.
The protesters who started the protest about 6:15am were said to have blocked the main entrance to the Law and Engineering faculties of the school, while demanding the reinstatement of the sacked workers.
According to the reports, the son of the traditional ruler, Prince Obrozie Ovrawah, who was also one of the sacked workers, led the protesters who’s employment were also recently terminated by the institution alongside some members of the community.
Ovrawah said that he and the other protesters decided to shut the school gate in protest of the alleged impunity by the university authorities in dismissing four security personnel for allowing him access to the school premises.
“We came here to protest impunity by the university VC who ordered the sack of our brothers. The four security officers are from this community. Their offence is for allowing me to enter the campus to drop my children for school because I sued the school authority for my illegal dismissal. Unlike other campus, the VC brought an Ijaw man to be the Chief Security officer when it is the right of our people (Isoko) to do such a job,” he saidthat the President-General of Oleh Community, James Obeuwou, confirmed the incident but, claimed that the community had no part in it when contacted.
“We are not part of the protest. We cannot block the entrance to our own school. I learnt that a set of aggrieved persons who were recently sacked and some others who were suspended from their duty posts were behind the protest.’’ He said.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the Delta State University (DELSU), Eddy Agbure, is yet to make any comments on the issue.