- Members of the ASUU have protested over alleged neglect of LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, Oyo state
- The coordinator of Akure zone of ASUU, Alex Odiyi, said the neglect of LAUTECH has created problems for the union
- Odiyi said the protest was to compel the two owner- states of Osun and Oyo to rise up to their responsibilities
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday, August 17 took to the streets of Osogbo to protest the alleged neglect of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho.
The protesters, in their hundreds, carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Oyo/Osun, Don’t Play Politics with the Lives of Our Students,” and “ Do Not Kill the Best State University in Nigeria’’ among others.
Speaking with newsmen after the peaceful protest, the coordinator of Akure Zone of ASUU, Alex Odiyi, said the neglect of LAUTECH had created problems for the union.
He said the protest was to compel the two owner- states of Osun and Oyo to rise up to their responsibilities.
Odiyi, who led other coordinators and branch chairpersons of other universities in the protest, said the neglect of the university had led to a decay of infrastructure in the institution.
He alleged that the state governments had reneged on the memorandum of agreement signed with the union before the last strike was called off.
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Odiyi noted that apart from non-payment of salaries and arrears, the owner-states had also refused to fund the university.
LAUTECH-ASUU is currently on a two- week warning strike over the crisis in the university.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that chairman and secretary University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Deji Omole alleged threat to their lives over issues of earned academic allowances.
The duo in a letter titled “Threat to Life”, addressed to the Chairman of the Council on Security and copied to divisional police officer Sango, stated that they have been receiving verbal threats to their lives on issues related to allowances of their colleagues.
They said: ''We have been receiving verbal threat to lives hinged on the issues of earned academic allowances in the last few days. You may wish to investigate and take serious steps to secure the lives of our members.”
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