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Makinde Paid LAUTECH N200 Million As Condition To Discontinue Solidarity Strike With ASUU But Reneged—Bayo Lawal
Oyo state acting Governor, Barrister Bayo Lawal has described the sympathy strike embarked upon by the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as unnecessary and called for immediate resumption of academic activities in the institution.
Lawal stated this today while delivering a keynote address at a stakeholders consultative meeting on 2023 budget in Ibadan.
The Ag. Governor argued that the state government was not in any way indebted to LAUTECH, and has shown commitment in fulfilling its obligation to the institution, as such they should discontinue their solidarity with ASUU henceforth.
He stressed the damage done to undergraduate students and household finances as a result of the strike adding that the state government will continue to play its part in developing the education sector to an enviable height.
Recall that ASUU after its last meeting with the federal government earlier in the week declared a comprehensive strike leading to some state owned universities pulling out of the ongoing ASUU strike.
The ASUU strike has entered its seventh month already.
Some state owned universities that have since pulled out of the ongoing ASUU strike include Kwara state university (KWASU), Osun State University (Uniosun), Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University (IBBU) Minna and others.
The Oyo state Ag. Governor disclosed that state government had fulfilled a recent agreement with LAUTECH to call off the strike even after 200 million naira was paid to the institution as a condition to call off the strike.
The acting Governor also tasked the people to always be concerned about societal progress and development rather than clogging the wheel of progress.