Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University has directed lecturers of the institution to embark on compulsory annual vacation or be sanctioned.
The institution said the forced vacation was necessary to reduce the rate at which lecturers are dying in office, and ensure that they are well rested and mentally refreshed for serious academic work.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr Caleb Aborisade, who said that the institution’s lecturers have embarked on mass annual vacation.
He told journalists yesterday in Ile-Ife that the vacation became compulsory for all members to have rest to allow maximum productivity.
“Our annual leave is for the wellbeing of our students and also to allow the lecturers to rest. The rate at which the lecturers are dying in office is worrisome, due to their inability to have enough rest.
“Our going on annual leave will enable us to relax to prepare for the next session,” he said, adding that 56 work days annual leave was statutory, according to the university rule and was supposed to be taken at the end of each academic year.
The chairman said the annual leave, which commenced on April 6, will end on June 24.
He said the leave would facilitate new discovery for the advancement of teaching methodology, lamenting that “for 20 years or so, our members have not been
able to embark on leave.”
He pointed out that the vacation was of two parts: the first 30 days was the normal annual leave, while another 26 work days was meant for research for new innovation.
Meanwhile, the university’s Spokesperson, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, has confirmed that it was essential for lecturers to have a vacation “because it is legitimate for all civil servants.”
Olarewaju, who said that students of the institution were on holiday, noted that the university authorities had no objection to it but they were expected to resume to classroom on June 24.

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