- The two-week warning strike embarked upon by ASUU at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology could lead to an indefinite strike
- The union made this warning, saying Oyo and Osun state governments have been silent over the strike
- The union embarked on a two-week strike on Wednesday, August 8, after disrupting the second semester examinations for the 2017/2018 academic session
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, has warned that the silence of Oyo and Osun state governments over its warning strike could lead to an indefinite strike.
Premium Times reports that the secretary of ASUU, Toyin Abegunrin, stated this on Sunday, August 12, saying that the warning strike was an opportunity for the governments to do the needful, and if not attended to, it would turn “into a full blown strike.”
NAIJ.com gathers that the union, which embarked on a two-week warning strike, said the governments were doing what they like with the institution, adding that they had not been responsive.
He said: “The governments are just doing what they like with LAUTECH. They constituted a visitation panel led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN). The panel came up with some recommendations which would have solved the problem of the university, but the governments failed to implement them.
“After the first strike during Wale Omole-led governing council, they constituted another governing council led by Professor Dapo Afolabi. In a meeting with us on January 11, the governing council asked that we submit a proposal on how the crisis can be solved, which we did. We had another meeting on February 13 in Lagos, we looked at the proposal and signed memorandum of action with the council.
“We believed that when they have done what the governments asked them to do, funds will be released. The council did staff auditing last year December and they even found out that LAUTECH is short-staffed. After that, we expect proper funding but the governments are not doing so. They expect funding from IGR which is only the school fees and that is what led to recent increment in school fees. These are the children of the masses. Majorly, they are the children of civil servants in Osun and Oyo states who are not paid.
“The governments have not been responsive and that’s the promise the governing council made to us that they will make the government of Oyo and Osun states to be responsive to their legitimate responsibility including funding. But, we can’t say the governing council has not fulfilled its promise because they have principals too.
“The directive of the national body of ASUU is going on a total strike after two weeks of no response. The decision was made at the NEC meeting that took place in Calabar. It is now even beyond what we can control and it is unfortunate that the two governments have been silent all since. So, it is an admittance of guilt otherwise let them speak out. It is unfortunate.
“The university cannot run on IGR only. The major source of IGR is school fees and ordinarily, using students’ school fees to pay salary is misappropriation of funds because the school fees have headings for healthcare facilities, laboratories equipment and renewal etc. Those are the things school fees are meant for but they are now transferring it to payment of salaries. It is even tantamount to misappropriation.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the second semester examinations for the 2017/2018 academic session at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, were disrupted by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The development was confirmed by the secretary of the union, Toyin Abegunrin, saying that lecturers had embarked on a two-week warning strike to express their displeasure over non-payment of salaries and decayed infrastructure of the institution.
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