The current ongoing nationwide strike embark upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has put the management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso and the Institution’s chapter of ASUU at loggerheads over the resumption date of the institution.
It was gathered that the institution, through its Registrar, Mr. Jacob Adewale Agoola had on Wednesday issued a statement informing the students of the resumption for academic activities starting from Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.
But in a counter statement by the LAUTECH ASUU chapter in a reaction to the management’s directive on resumption date maintaining that the ASUU strike was still ongoing.
The LAUTHEC Registrar in the statement entitled, “Re: Resumption of academic activities” added that the decision to commence the academic activities was reached by the University Management Committee at its meeting of Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
According to him, “The University Management Committee at its meeting of Wednesday, January 2, 2019, directed that all students be notified of the commencement of academic activities (course registration and lectures) on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
“Students are advised to check the University website for the academic calendar and lecture time-table for 2018/2019 Harmattan Semester. Best wishes”.
But ASUU in a statement signed by its Chairperson, Dr. Biodun Olaniran and Secretary, Dr. Toyin Abegunriin, a copy which was made available to journalists advised parents not to allow their children to go to the school when nobody will attend to them.
The duo in the statement entitled, “ASUU LAUTECH is still on strike”, said, “This is to inform members of the general public that ASUU national strike is still very much in force.
“LAUTECH as a branch of the Union is fully involved in the patriotic struggle of ASUU to reposition the public university system in Nigeria.
“Any information to the contrary should be disregarded by the members of the public. Negotiations are still ongoing to find solutions to issues in contention.
“Parents are therefore advised not to send their children to school when nobody will attend to them”.