EKSU, LAUTECH Order School Reopening As  More State Varsities Pullout of ASUU Strike 


More State Universities are backingout of the over six months industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) .
Already authorities of two  State Universities, Ekiti State University (EKSU) and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) have directed their students to return to school for academic academic activities.
Confirmed sources said students, particularly in 100 level have commenced academic activities in LAUTECH as at Monday this week .
Recall that a number of State Universities have refused to join the strike since it was declared six months ago.
Some  of them Lagos State University ,Kogi State University , Rivers State University (RSU) and Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt.
EKSU announces  its planned reopening via press release signed by the Registrar of the school, Ife Oluwole .
The release said that the State-University is set to resume both academic and administrative activities following the results of the stakeholders’ meeting that was held on Sunday.
The meeting which had the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of the school, Professor Eddy Olanipekun, and other principals of the varsity, met concerning the socio-economic effects of the ongoing ASUU strike, which started on the 14th of February 2022.

During the meeting, the stakeholders looked at the effects the industrial action has caused the University and its students in the last six months.

The stakeholders also noted during their meeting the negative effect the prolonged strike had caused on the students, parents, staff, alumni and the University at large.

“The university had experienced low patronage of candidates seeking admission into the school, due prolongation of academic calendar and stay of the students on campus, the inability of staff to meet up with their financial obligations, and inability to pay staff salaries, among others.”

Recall that, the Vice-Chancellor had earlier pleaded with ASUU on Sunday during his third-year thanksgiving ceremony at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chaplaincy of the University.

According to Professor Olanipekun, he pleaded with the Union to “reconsider their positions on the current nationwide strike in the interest of Ekiti State University, being a State institution with its peculiarities.”

He also added that they “restrategize because the union is negotiating with a seemingly deaf and dumb government.”

Meanwhile, the resolution from the Stakeholders’ meeting clearly stated that academic activities should resume earnestly.

“Participants at the meeting deliberated extensively on the matter and resolved that, in the interest of the teeming population of our students, and their parents and the survival of the university.”

Therefore, the stakeholders had concertedly decided that the university management should reopen the university without further delay for the continuation of academic activities.

“It has become imperative for all members of staff currently on strike in the University to resume normal official activities.”

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