Striking workers of the Lagos State University, Ojo, on Wednesday forcibly shut offices in the university, an action that disrupted all administrative and academic activities in the school.
Apart from the office of the Vice-Chancellor, members of the institution’s Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, who have been on strike since last May; shut all other offices in the school.
The development, our correspondent gathered, frustrated hundreds of graduates of the university, who converged on the institution to collect their National Youth Service Corps call up letters.
The potential corps members are due to report to camp for orientation on August 5.
The striking workers’ action also initially prevented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa, from holding a press briefing on the institution’s forthcoming 19th convocation and 30th anniversary ceremonies.
Journalists, who gathered for the briefing scheduled for 10am at the university’s Senate Building, waited for more than three hours without the VC addressing them.
Obafunwa, it was gathered, later addressed a few journalists who remained behind in his office.
But speaking to journalists, the LASU-SSANU Chairman, Mr. Saheed Oseni, alleged that the university authorities had failed to address the needs of the members of the union.
Oseni, who spoke on the sidelines of the union’s congress on Wednesday, noted that the shutdown was strategic, especially as “they had several unresolved issues with the authorities.”
He added, “The authorities have not been fair to us and this explains why we cannot suspend the strike. Of importance to us is that the university council has failed to resolve the promotion issue we raised with the management for over one year now.