[Osun]–Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH on Wednesday took to major streets of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to protest what they described as the neglect of the institution jointly owned by Osun and Oyo State Governments.
The protesters carrying placards with various inscriptions such as: Aregbe is a failure; Save LAUTECH now, and others marched from the state House of Assembly to Olaiya Junction where they demanded the quick intervention of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in their plight.
The protest which started around 11am disrupted the free flow of traffic as the angry students blocked the major Orita-Olaiya Junction leaving motorists coming from different axes of the town to wait for about 40 minutes while the protest lasted.
According to Lawal Mushau, who led the protest, the students came to Osogbo to stage the protest in order to further draw the attention of the governor to the plight of the students of the institution.
Mr. Musbau said lecturers were now doing skeletal services in the university because they had not been paid for eight months.
“Even since the ascension of the current government, LAUTECH has not only degraded in value, norms, and standard but has also lost dignity amidst fellow varsities due to political instability and poor funding as caused by the two visitors, Oyo and Osun: Governor Rauf Aregbsola and his counterpart, Senator Abiola Ajimobi,” he said.
“After nine months of strike action embarked on by the school’s unions, due to the non-release of monthly subventions, the two governors are yet to be alive and active to their responsibilities as the founding fathers, after spending three months in the school, the ASUU and the Joint Action Committee of the university are on partial strike.
“The situation has stagnated every student in a spots ice 2015 till now especially two years for a semester.
“Some of our agitations are the immediate reopening of the school for academic activities; payment of subventions to enable workers to commence work.
“The governor ( Aregbesola) should endeavour to pay up to what his Oyo State counterpart paid to avoid misunderstanding in subsequent payment. While the audit is going on, the governor should pay three or six months salary to ensure a quick resumption of academic activities.”
Saheed Afolabi, the coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students, South West, while speaking with newsmen said, “The governors of the two states must show commitment to education and they must take the issue of LAUTECH seriously.
“The university was closed for about nine months in 2016; the workers were begged to resume and they did with assurances that they would be paid but after paying one or two months, the governors stopped paying subventions.
“They have not shown in any way that they have the interest of the students at heart and that is not fair. They should let the public know whatever they want to do with the university,” he added.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg