Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Friday took to the streets of Osogbo to protest the alleged abandonment of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho.
Hundreds of protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Oyo/Osun, Don’t Play Politics with the Lives of Our Students,” and “Do Not Kill the Best State University in Nigeria’’ among others.
Speaking to newsmen after the peaceful protest, the Coordinator of Akure Zone of ASUU, Prof. Alex Odiyi, said that the neglect of LAUTECH was uncalled for and had created numerous problems for the union.
He said the protest was a wakeup call and to compel the two owner-states of Osun and Oyo to rise up and take up their responsibilities.
Odiyi, who led other coordinators and branch chairpersons of other universities in the protest, said the neglect of the university had hindered learning and led to decay of infrastructural facilities in the institution.
He alleged that the state governments had not honoured the Memorandum of Agreement signed with the union before the last strike was called off.
Odiyi noted that apart from non-payment of salaries and arrears, the owner-states had also refused to fund the university.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LAUTECH-ASUU is currently on a two- week warning strike over the crisis in the university.