Just three months after the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU puts on hold its then 8-month old industrial action, it has now announced the commencement of an indefinite strike.
This was made known by a statement signed by Biodun Olaniran, chairman of the ASUU, LAUTECH chapter, and Toyin Abegunrin, secretary.
The statement reads:
“This is to inform our members that the National Executive Council (NEC) of our union has granted the branch the permission to resume the strike action that was earlier suspended in February with immediate effect.
“This is an indefinite and comprehensive strike commencing immediately. The three weeks wait for the White Paper or audit panel report, dating back to 11th May, 2017, ended today and nothing is yet to come out.”
According to them, the strike became inevitable since the two governments of Oyo and Osun have failed to honor the damands of paying the salaries arrears of its union members in due time.
“It has been over two years now that LAUTECH has been thrown into crippling financial crisis due to government’s refusal to meet its funding obligations to the institution,”
Olaniran had said.
Similarly, the Oyo State government, on Friday, announced the indefinite closure of the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.
As contained in a statement by state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Niyi Olowofela, the decision followed violent protest by students of the institution over their welfare.