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Mass Protest as Students ground LAUTECH over hike in fees (Photos)

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The students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) have shut down the institution’s main campus in Ogbomoso and also its medical school in Osogbo over an increment in their tuition fees.

PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported how the institution at its 133rd governing council meeting which held on Thursday, July 5 decided that the hike will take effect from the 2018 / 2019 academic session.

The present 100 level students paid N120,000 for indigenes of Oyo and Ogun states and N150,000 for non-indigenes as part of the resolution of the institution after the university strike that lasted for months.

However, on Monday, the institution implemented its decision in a mail sent to all students. It said indigenes are now to pay N200,000 while non-indigenes are to pay N250,000 for the new session which will commence on October 29.

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The new fees are against the initial N63,500 for indigenes and N72,500 for non-indigenes who are returning students.

The spokesman of the university, Lekan Fadeyi, has since then refused to answer calls and text messages sent to his line on this development.

However, as early as 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the students locked the institution’s campus gates in Osogbo and Ogbomoso and are now protesting with the hashtag, #OccupyLautech.

The closure has disrupted the flow of vehicles and also grounded day to day activities in the school.

The Students’ Union President, Abiodun Oluwaseun, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview threatened that they will not vacate the gate unless the school reverses its decision.

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“We have shut down main road in front of college of health sciences and also the school main gate. No retreat, no surrender. We have to fight this and make sure that irregularities does not reign,” he said.

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LAUTECH students burn tires to protest hike in fees

 

 

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ASUU strike: Parents, Teachers state position 

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and the striking university lecturers to go with open minds to the negotiation table as they meet again on Monday.

The 2nd Deputy National President of NAPTAN, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

NAN reports that the striking lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on a nationwide strike on Nov. 4, to press home their demands.

The lecturers are demanding for the implementation of agreements reached with the Federal Government, including the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoA).

They are also demanding for an improved welfare package and better funding of the university system among other issues.

The striking lecturers had engaged the Federal Government on series of negotiations but all ended in deadlock.

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According to Ogunbanjo, both the Federal Government and ASUU must seek a better way of reaching a common ground when they meet on Monday.

He said this was necessary in order to end the strike in the interest of the students and their parents.

“My appeal now is for both the ASUU and Federal Government to go to the negotiation table with open minds as they meet again on Monday.

“We are all bothered about this constant interruption of our academic calendar which is becoming a recurring decimal.

“We must come together like true patriots and find a lasting solution to this whole issue once and for all, if we are truly concerned about the future of our children and country.

“ASUU should please try and shift grounds concerning some of their demands for now.

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“If government comes up with an offer of about three out of five of their demands for instance, they should please try and consider that and go back to the classrooms while they continue to dialogue for the implementation of the remaining others.

“Federal Government on the other hand must also learn to respect agreements, be more responsive and committed in tackling issues that concern education which remains the only driver of all other aspects of the economy,” Ogunbanjo said.

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ASUP to begin nationwide indefinite strike on Wednesday


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has announced its decision to embark on an indefinite strike with effect from Wednesday, December 12.

ASUP National Treasurer, Suleiman Usman, said this while briefing reporters shortly after the union’s National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna State.

Usman explained that the planned industrial action followed the failure of the Federal Government to implement all the agreements it entered with the union since 2016.
He alleged that despite the 21-day ultimatum issued by ASUP to the government to address some of the issues it had raised over time, the government has been nonchalant in addressing the demands for improved funding of polytechnic education in the country.
Some of the demands, Usman said, include non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report and shortfalls in personnel releases, as well as the withdrawal of allowances and persistent shortfalls in personnel releases to polytechnics.

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The other issues are the sacking of union leaders and delay in assenting to the amendment of the Polytechnic Act, among other demands.

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LAUTECH Gets New Vice Chancellor

Among the eleven candidates that applied and contested for the post of the Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomoso, We can authoritatively report that Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde has emerged as the substantive replacement for the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adeniyi Suleiman Gbadegesin whose tenure expires in February 2019.

Prof. Ologunde, a native of Ajagunlase in Ola Oluwa local government of Osun State, a professor of Food Chemistry and a former head of department of food science and engineering defeated ten other notable professors; six from within LAUTECH community and four from other universities, among which are Prof. Timothy Adebayo (Agronomy department), Prof. Idowu Adetunji (Agronomy department), Prof. Ismail Oladosu (Agricultural Economics & Extension), Prof. Femi Fadiora (Anatomy) and one Prof. Joseph Abayomi.

The process that led to the emergence of Ologunde was through a painstaking selection mechanism that involves declaration of intention, collection of form, submission of Curriculum Vitae and proposed vision for the university, Computer Based Test and oral interview which was conducted within the premises of the University of Ibadan to avoid undue interference by various pressure groups, among the panel selected to conduct the interview were members of the governing council professors and academic administrators from within and neighboring universities, ASUU, NASU, SSANU, Alumni Association. In all, Ologunde emerged overall best in all the stages, coming distant second was Adetunji who came third from documents and papers slighted.

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Going by the joint ownership of the institution by both Oyo and Osun States, the post of the VC is rotational. Gbadegesin, a Professor of Urban and Regional planning is a native of Oyo town in Oyo state is rounding up his tenure as the representative of Oyo while Ologunde will fill the Osun gap for the next five years. While Governor Abiola Ajimobi will now act as the visitor to the university.

According to tradition, the governing council of LAUTECH forwarded the names of the best three candidates for both governors for approval, We confirmed from a reliable source close to the seat of government in Oyo State that Senator Abiola Ajimobi has signed approval the name of Micheal Ologunde which was equally forwarded to Mr. Gboyega Oyetola who has equally counter signed the document with a directive for immediate announcement of the newly elected VC by the university management.

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It was gathered that this will be first time in the history of the 28year old institution whereby an home grown Professor, somebody who works within the LAUTECH community will be selected and appointed as the helmsman of the citadel of learning. Professors Olusegun Oke, Late Akinola Salau, Benjamin Adeleke, Moshood Nasir and Suleiman Gbadegesin were all external administrators that have managed as sole administrators or vice chancellors.

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