JUST IN: ASUU disrupts exams in LAUTECH as it begins strike

JUST IN: ASUU disrupts exams in LAUTECH as it begins strike

- The Academic Staff Union of Universities has disrupted the ongoing examinations at Ladoke Akintola University

- It disrupted the examinations as it commenced a warning strike

- The union commenced a two-week strike to express their displeasure over non-payment of salaries and decayed infrastructure of the institution

The ongoing second semester examinations for the 2017/2018 academic session at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, have been disrupted by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Premium Times reports that the development was confirmed by the secretary of the union, Toyin Abegunrin, saying that lecturers have embarked on a two-week warning strike to express their displeasure over non-payment of salaries and decayed infrastructure of the institution.

NAIJ.com notes that Abegunrin said: “The matter is in public domain. Yes we commenced warning strike today."

The students of the institution expressed their dissatisfaction with the disruption of their examination by ASUU.

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A female student identified as Funke Ajayi, said: “We never expected this. The examinations billed for 8am this morning were disrupted. We have been asked to go home as ASUU already commenced two weeks warning strike."

According to another student, Oyedeji Hammed, the warning strike embarked upon by ASUU is a disease which will no doubt transform into a full blown strike if care is not taken.”

According to him, the only way to cure the disease is protest. He said: "It’s through this (that) the government can be alerted and compelled to the needful especially now that election is around the corner. Though, it’s a warning strike of two weeks, but how are you sure that ASUU will resume work should nothing (be) done within that two weeks?"

“Here we are talking of huge debts from both state owners; the two governors’ act of irresponsibility and paying of lip services."

According to Abegunrin, nothing was done by Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi of Osun and Oyo states respectively on all the promises of the university governing council that led to the suspension of the previous months strike.

He said: “It is saddening to report that up till now, the members of staff are being owed 10 months salary, promotion arrears, among other allowances. We called on members of the public, up till now, no response of any sort was received."

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that lecturers at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso suspended their eight-month old strike.

Dr Biodun Olaniran, chairman, LAUTECH chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), announced the suspension of the strike in a statement on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in Ogbomoso.

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