The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has dissociated itself from a purported resumption calendar released by LAUTECH Registrar, Mr. Kayode Ogunleye.
LAUTECH ASUU insisted that it’s members are still on indefinite strike until the Federal Government meets the demands of the union.
A memo from the office of the Registrar, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Michael Olufisayo Ologunde, had said that the Senate has executively approved the amended academic calendar for the 2019/2020 academic session.
The memo had directed 100 level students to resume on December 9, 2020; while stating that the harmmatan semester examination is expected to commence for 100 level students on Monday, December 14, 2020, to end on December 23, 2020.
Rain semester examination for all students, according to the memo was scheduled to begin on January 4, 2021.
But LAUTECH ASUU, in a release signed by its Chairman, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, and made available to journalists in Ibadan, yesterday said that the academic staff of the institution are solidly behind and involved in the ongoing nationwide ASUU strike, and will not betray the struggle to get a better public university and welfare system for its members.
Calling on parents mad guardians not to allow their children/wards waste scarce resources in coming to school which is yet to resume, Olaniran insisted that members of the union would only go back to work on the directive of the national leadership of ASUU.
The ASUU boss stated further that the national leadership of ASUU will announce officially to the public when the strike is suspended, noting that it is not the duty of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, to assume that role.
He maintained that due to the strike, no academic activities will hold in the university, including conduct of examination.
He said, “Our union is in receipt of 2019/2020 amended academic calendar released by the Vice Chancellor through the office of the Registrar. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, LAUTECH branch wishes to dissociate itself from the said memo. This is against the principles of our union and we wish to inform the general public that our branch is actively participating and also in full support of the ongoing national struggle.
“We therefore urge parents and students to note that our members are not in position to conduct any academic activities, including the conduct of examinations.”