LAUTECH ASUU Finally Suspends Four-month-old Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology has suspended its four-month-long strike after a meeting with its members at the university.
This will be the second time the union will be suspending its strike which has spanned almost two years.
ASUU (LAUTECH) secretary, Dr. Abegunrin, corroborated by the union’s zonal coordinator, Dr Ade Adejumo, on Tuesday confirmed the suspension of the strike, adding that academic activities will kick off on Monday, October 23.
Adejumo said: ”The zone will have to be briefed, national will have to be briefed, but the Congress have suspended the strike in principle as from today but full lectures will resume on Monday.
”Skeletal things will continue, preparatory to the commencement of full academic activities on Monday.”
The suspension is coming following news that the lecturers started receiving their three-months’ salary arrears — one of their demands for resumption — during the weekend.
Over the months, LAUTECH had been riddled with various resumption dates which had turned out to be false.
First, the university management widely publicised September 15 and October 3 for reopening the university and resuming academic activities, respectively.
Although the gates of the institution were reopened as scheduled, lectures did not start as the academic staff union rejected the announcement, saying none of their issues had been addressed and that strike is still in force.
With mounting pressure from the agitated students, LAUTECH’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. A.S. Gbadegesin, once again, promised Monday, October 16, as an alternative resumption date. That date also passed, to no avail.