The Student Union of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, has given lecturers at the university 72 hours to withdraw from the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike.
On February 14, ASUU began a four-week warning strike in protest of the Federal Government’s failure to honor the 2009 agreements it reached with the union and the rot in universities. On March 14, the union also extended the strike for an additional eight weeks.
However, the Student Union of LAUTECH, in a statement issued on Friday by the President, Anuoluwa Adeboye, and Public Relations Officer, Gabriel Michael, stated that previous incessant strike actions had caused too much hardship for the university’s students.
They also stated that the ongoing strike had prevented the school’s recent graduates from being mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps orientation program in March.
The students stated that they had requested a meeting with the ASUU, LAUTECH branch to discuss why the union chose to join the national strike, but that the union had refused to meet with them.
“In light of this, if by now the leadership of ASUU LAUTECH cannot honor the open dialogue address from the Student Union between ASUU LAUTECH and LAUTECH students, and they claim to be fighting for the Ladokites’ interests at the federal level, we say enough.”