January 30, 2017

LAUTECH: ASUU lists conditions to resume academic activities

ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi

Ogbomoso  — The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso chapter, yesterday gave its conditions for ending the ongoing industrial action at the institution.

Dr Biodun Olaniran, the Chairman of the union, told newsmen in Ogbomoso that meeting the conditions would end the crisis.

The management of the institution had announced Friday for re-opening after it had been shut for eight months.

But ASUU rejected the resumption date, declaring that it had not called off its industrial action which began on Sept. 19, 2016.

Olaniran stated that while the school had resumed , academic activities were yet to commence as a result of the ongoing strike.

The union chief said that the impasse could be resolved through transparent commitment, urging government to demonstrate honesty of purpose.

Olaniran urged the government to clearly state a plan of sustainable funding pattern or framework for the university.

“Government should provide an agreeable plan of defraying the indebtedness of the outstanding N7.1 billion to the university.

“They should issue a clear commitment to the settlement of arrears of sundry allowances accumulated over the years,” he said.

The ASUU chairman stated that refusal to pragmatically and honestly address the demands could deepen the crises.