By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Students’ Union Government (SUG) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso on Friday handed down a 72 hours ultimatum to the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to back out of the ongoing national strike.
The students handed down the deadline in a statement jointly signed the union’s President, Anuoluwa Adeboye, and Public Relations Officer, Gabriel Michael, on Friday.
According to the students, it is now time for the lecturers to follow the path of lecturers at the Kwara State University (KWASU) who opted out of the strike, adding, they would see ASUU in the institution as saboteurs and resort to confrontation if the lecturers fail to back out from the industrial action.
“We are giving the leadership of ASUU LAUTECH 72 hours to borrow a leaf from ASUU KWASU that wrote a special letter to the National ASUU based on peculiarity in their institution. LAUTECH ASUU should opt out of this ongoing strike or else the students’ union will be left with no choice than to see ASUU LAUTECH as saboteurs to the progress of LAUTECH”, it said.
The students added, ” they are doing these for their selfish interests and total confrontation will commence after the 72 hours ultimatum”
According to the students, they have reached out to the leadership of ASUU in the institution on Monday, March 14, to ensure sanity and bridge the communication gap, and that the lecturers failed to grant their request for an open dialogue on flimsy excuses.
“ASUU LAUTECH, up to date has refused to grant this sane request but gave excuses of no convenient time due to tensile loads on them.Yet they have the time to mobilise other ASUU Chapters to LAUTECH for reasons which only favours their interest. Is it not now crystal clear that ASUU LAUTECH is only fighting for their sole interest at the expense of students?” the union queried.
The students stressed that they were aware of the crippling effects of the incessant strike on their prestigious institution in the time past as well as the sores and lesions which still ooze till today, adding that regardless of the impasse between the Federal Government and ASUU, the involvement of LAUTECH ASUU in the ongoing strike is questionable.
“As a student body, we are poised towards the rectification of our prestigious institution and a better educational system. It is extremely exigent for ASUU LAUTECH to openly address the students on why they joined the national strike at the expense of the smooth running of the academic calendar in “the best state university in Nigeria.”