Tragedy struck at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, as lecturer Ojediran Oyedele collapsed and passed away on Tuesday. The news was confirmed by the Chairperson of the university’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Anthony Odiwe, and the National Coordinator of the Congress of Universities Academics (CONUA), ‘Niyi Sunmonu.
According to reports, the faculty of education lecturer slumped in his office around 8 a.m., prompting his son and fellow lecturers to rush him to the university health center, where he tragically succumbed to the incident. The university spokesperson, Abiodun Olarewaju, also verified the sad development.
Expressing grief over the loss, Mr. Odiwe lamented the overwhelming workload faced by academic staff at OAU. He highlighted the stress and pressure endured by members, emphasizing that some have retired or left the university due to challenging working conditions, leaving fewer hands to manage the workload.
The incident has sparked concerns about the well-being of university academics and the need for addressing the challenges they face in the academic environment.