Despite the efforts of the Osun State Government to put security on red alert over imminent protest early hours of Thursday, students from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) blocked the entrance of the Osun State Government House, Osogbo in protest of their lecturers’ unpaid salaries.
The students, in their hundreds were resolute in the way they positioned themselves, as they defied downpours to agitate for payment of their lecturers’ outstanding salaries, and immediate resumption.
Earlier, the students on Wednesday blocked the popular Ggbogan-Osogbo road in protest, against the protracted industrial action by their lecturers over their unpaid salaries.
Speaking with our reporter over the issue, the Chairman of Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Osun axis, Comrade Miftah Saidi Taiwo, said the lingering crisis in the school portends a serious danger to the future of the innocent students.
“This issue must settle once and for all, students have been pushed to the wall, the governments of the two states of Osun and Oyo have been very indifferent to the plights of the students.
“We have made it abundantly clear that we stand together with the various staff unions in their quest in building a better and stronger academic environment not only in Osun, or Oyo but throughout Nigeria.
“We also solidarize with LAUTECH workers on the present struggle because we believe it will eventually lead to a better LAUTECH at the end.
“The governors of Osun and Oyo, headed by Mr. Abiola Ajumobi and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola respectively have also not done enough as co-owners in ensuring that the school is running smoothly.
”In all, we are more concerned about the immediate reopening of LAUTECH and call on all parties concern to do the needful,” he said.