By Orowo Victoria Ojieh
Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso have given Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution 72 hours to withdraw from the ongoing national strike.
The request is contained in a statement jointly signed by the Students Union President (SUG), Anuoluwa Adeboye, and Public Relations Officer, Gabriel Michael. The Trumpet gathered.
The student union urged the them to take the same path as Kwara State University (KWASU) lecturers who choose to opt out of the strike.
LAUTECH student union said that it would see ASUU of the institution as saboteurs and resort to confrontation, if it fails to withdraw from the strike.
“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.
“They are doing these for their selfish interests and total confrontation will commence after the 72 hours ultimatum,” said the student body.
The student body said that they had on Monday, March 14, reached out to the leadership of ASUU in the institution for dialogue to ensure good communication.
The union said that the leadership of ASUU in the institution refused to acknowledge their request for an open dialogue.
“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 now crystal clear that ASUU LAUTECH is only fighting for their sole interest at the expense of students? it asked.
The union said that regardless of the issues between the Federal Government and ASUU, the involvement of LAUTECH ASUU in the ongoing strike is questionable.
“The involvement of ASUU LAUTECH is not only dangerous for the students but also horrendous for the University system.