By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—The Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, has approved resumption of activities on the Institution’s Campuses with effect from today.
In a statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Jacob Agboola, “Students of the University are expected to return to school on September 25, 2017, while full academic activities, the details of which Senate will announce, shall commence immediately after the Independence anniversary holiday.”
According to him; ”Council commended the Governors of Oyo and Osun States, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Mr Rauf Aregbesola respectively for agreeing to support the University with necessary funds to enable the University to return to its normal work schedule and reinvigorate its latent capacities for accelerated and sustainable growth and development.”
But the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and other workers’ unions in the university, have said they are not aware of the said resumption date.
The unionists also said they would not obey the directive of the university authorities asking students to resume.
The chairman of the ASUU at the university, Dr. Biodun Olaniran; and the chairman of the Joint Action Committee at the university, Mr. Muraina Alesinloye, said in separate interviews that none of the workers’ unions would resume because they were not aware of the resumption directive.
The JAC comprises of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non Academic Staff Union and the National Association of Academic Technologists
The ASUU chairman said the union was not even aware that the university authorities had announced the resumption date.
He said the union embarked on an indefinite strike because of its demands that were not addressed by the governments of Oyo and Osun states.
According to him, the demands included payment of their 11 months’ salaries, earned academic allowances, gratuities and pensions, health insurance, promotion, among others