LAUTECH: ASUU considers indefinite strike, says Oyo, Osun govts’ silence disturbing
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso has said the silence of Oyo and Osun State Governments over its strike is disturbing and could lead to an indefinite strike.
The Secretary of ASUU, Toyin Abegunrin, expressed the union’s displeasure over the silence of the two state governments to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview on Sunday.
It was reported last Wednesday that ASUU disrupted the ongoing second semester examination for 2017/2018 academic session at the institution. The lecturers action was due to non-payment of workers salaries as well as decayed infrastructure of the institution.
The union, which embarked on a two-week warning strike to express its displeasure, however said the strike would become indefinite considering the silence of the governments.
On Sunday, Mr Abegunrin said the warning strike is an opportunity for the governments to do the needful; and if not attended to, it will turn “into a full blown strike.”
“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 State who are not paid,” he said.