LAUTECH: Jubilation As Lecturers Finally Suspends 8 Months Strike

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Lecturers at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso have finally suspended their eight months old strike.

Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LAUTECH Chapter, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, announced the suspension of the strike in a statement on Wednesday in Ogbomoso.

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The Union held a congress meeting yesterday. The Senior Special Assistant to the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Youth and Students’ Affairs, Bolaji Afeez, said:

“We have done all necessary to ensure that the strike is called off and we look forward to ASUU calling off her strike tomorrow (Wednesday).”

ASUU said that the strike was suspended following the union’s congress held on Tuesday at the university.

“After comparing the demands of the union and what the management has met out of the demands, and after extensive deliberations on the struggle so far, the union has resolved to suspend the strike immediately,” Olaniran said.

The institution had been shut since the lecturers went on strike eight months ago.

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The union had embarked on the strike over unpaid salaries and allowances, as well as the failure of the owner states of Oyo and Osun to release subventions to the institution.

LAUTECH had resumed on January 27 after seven months closure but lecturers refused to resume stating that some of their demands were yet to be met by the Oyo and Osun state governments, who jointly own the university.



LAUTECH had resumed on January 27 after seven months closure but lecturers refused to resume stating that some of their demands were yet to be met by the Oyo and Osun state governments, who jointly own the university.

Vice-Chancellor of the institution Prof. Suleiman Gbadegesin, recently told newsmen that the two owner state governments had paid N584 million out of the N7.6 billion they owed the institution.

The owner states had in October 2016 set up a visitation panel in their efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis. The panel, headed by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has submitted its report.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), chapter had last month embarked on a total and comprehensive strike.

Demands of the Union include payments of 12 months deduction to staff cooperatives; non-payment of promotion arrears to academic staff; non-payment of earned academic allowance.

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In a statement signed by the union’s chairman, Dr. Bayo Akinsanya, alleged government insensitivity to the funding of the institution.

The statement read:

“Academics in TASUED wishes to inform our dear students, parents, that the strike broke for the following reasons after several pleas to make the authorities of the state government.

“All academic activities stop immediately as the strike is comprehensive and total.”