Tuesday, 17 October 2017

LAUTECH lecturers suspend eight months old strike after their congress held today ... Union of Universities (ASUU ) said that the strike was suspended following the union's congress.

LAUTECH lecturers suspend eight months old strike .
Union of Universities (ASUU ) said that the strike was
suspended following the union's congress held today at 250 lt.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Ladoke
Akintola University of Technology has suspended its eight-
months-long strike after a meeting with its members at the
university’s main campus in Ogbomoso on Tuesday.
This will be the second time the academic staff union will be
suspending its strike which, in sum, has spanned, at least, two
The Secretary of ASUU LAUTECH Dr. Abegunrin,
corroborated by the union’s Zonal Coordinator Dr. Ade
Adejumo, confirmed that the strike had been suspended with
immediate effect but academic activities will kick off on
Monday, October 23.
“The zone will have to be briefed, national will have to be
briefed, but the Congress have suspended the strike in
principle as from today but full lectures will resume on
Monday,” Dr. Adejumo said. “Skeletal things will continue,
preparatory to the commencement of full academic activities
on Monday.”
The suspension is coming following news that the lecturers
started receiving their three-months’ salary arrears — one of
their demands for resumption — during the weekend.
Over the months, LAUTECH had been riddled with numerous
resumption dates which turned out to hold little water. First,
the university management widely publicised September 15
and October 3 for reopening the university and resuming
academic activities, respectively.
Although the gates of the institution were reopened as
scheduled, lectures did not commence as the academic staff
union refuted the announcement saying none of their issues
had been addressed and that “strike is still in full force.”
With mounting pressure from the agitated students,
LAUTECH’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. A.S. Gbadegesin, once
again, promised Monday, October 16, as an alternative
resumption date. That date also passed, to no avail.
However, the students are confident that this new date by
ASUU will stand. Oleghe Enike, a 300 level of the
Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, reacting to the
news said: “I believe we will definitely resume on Monday
because, unlike the other dates announced by the school
management, this one is coming directly from the body
[ASUU] that actually embarked on the strike.”