Academic activities were ‘totally’ shutdown on Monday at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State as the local branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced a total and indefinite strike.
The decision to embark on the industrial action was agreed after a congress meeting of the union held at the main campus of the institution, which was also attended by the chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Dr. Deji Omole, and that of the University of Lagos, Dr. Laja Oduja.
The Chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr. Abiodun Olaniran, said the strike followed the endorsement of the National Executive Council of ASUU which gave its approval to press home the reversal of several hardship facing workers of the institution, The National Mirror reports.
Olaniran stated that the demands of the union include a review of conditions of service for academic staff, retirement plans, including pension which is presently non-existent, payment of five months salaries, as well as academic earned allowances.
The Chairman of ASUU in LAUTECH also maintained that the industrial action would not be suspended until the 23 months subvention owed the institution is fully paid by the two owner states of Oyo and Osun.
While Oyo owes eight months, Osun State owes 15 months unpaid subvention.
He said: “This strike is inevitable but the present state of affairs in the institution was created by chronic underfunding for which neither Oyo nor Osun state could be exonerated. It is painful we have to go this way. We are human beings and must be treated as such.”
Before now, the two non-academic staff unions in the institution, Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), had been on strike since July over issues bordering on staff welfare.
The university had also remained closed to undergraduate students since mid-June following students’ protest; but ASUU members were, till Monday, attending to postgraduate students and final year students working on their projects.