Full academic activities for the 2018/2019 academic session began yesterday at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, as lecturers across the various faculties were seeing teaching students who were themselves elated that the prolonged strike, called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), had been broken.
A walk through the Main and Mini Campuses in Ogbomoso and Osogbo respectively revealed that life has returned to the University, even as more students who have arrived but were not sure lectures would begin are expected tomorrow.
President of the Students’ Union, Comrade Abiodun Oluwaseun, who monitored resumption with members of his Executive Committee expressed satisfaction with the directive to resume, saying “We are all happy and impressed that lectures are actually taking place in all the places we visited. As a Union, we cannot ask for more, we only want to appeal to those of our lecturers who are still not cooperating, to join hands with other of their colleagues to salvage LAUTECH. The number of students who have resumed is also very encouraging and we have stakeholders to thank for this New Year gift that is most appreciated”.
Chairman of the Institution’s Parents and Teachers’ Committee, Reverend (Dr.) Israel Olaniyan in his own reaction, said the Parents are particularly happy at the resumption of lectures. According to him, “it is the news that we have always waited for, our joy as parents knows no bound, but we plead with the two Governors to help ensure that workers are paid as at when due, so that we can hope for uninterrupted academic sessions”.
He expressed the readiness of his Committee to continue to meet with other stakeholders towards finding a lasting solution to the various problems threatening the glorious survival of the University, which he described as the heritage of all.
On his own part, Chairman of the Ogbomoso branch of LAUTECH Alumni Association, Dr, Azeem Ige, said all hands needed to be on the deck to salvage the University which some of them attended and which gave the fame they have today. He therefore appealed to the leadership of ASUU, especially in LAUTECH to seek peaceful resolution of whatever crisis.
According to him, “some of us graduated from here and we are therefore committed to the well-being of this Institution. We are ASUU members and are fully aware of what the Association is fighting for, but we also have to consider the plight of our students. Our appeal if for our leaders in the Association to consider other means while teachings continue”