It is not yet uhuru for students of the Oyo and Osun states-owned Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) as the institution’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members rejected the N500m provided by their principals.
The body, after deliberations in its congress, announced its continuance of the strike action that has seen the school closed down since June 2016.
The strike was embarked upon due to non-payment of salaries for as much as 6 months in some cases. The release of N500 million came after students of the university staged a protest that gained the attention of the world at the Oyo state secretariat.
However, ASUU members see the money as a tantamount to using a rag to mop a river. They opined that it was only a ploy to get the school reopened even though there are pressing issues still left unattended. Most especial under this is the issue of funding.
According to the Guardian, part of the resolution signed by its Chairman, Dr Biodun Olaniran, and Secretary, Dr Toyin Abegunrin, reads: “The offer of two months is, at best, an ad-hoc arrangement to lure us back to work without addressing the fundamental problem of funding and sustainability. It is our considered opinion that this token offered at this point does not justify the length of time that the crisis has been allowed to linger by the government.”
This is not the first salary-induced strike action in the university. The members of staff constantly complain about the lack of funds from the state governments, especially Osun state which has its own university. The situation once led the Soun of Ogbomosho to hanker for the complete ownership of the school by the Oyo state government. A move frowned upon and discouraged by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and Senator Omoworare.