By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Senator representing Lagos East in the Senate, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the protracted strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, Oyo State.
Sahara made the call yesterday, while contributing to a motion Sponsored by the Senator representing Oyo North, Senator Buhari Abdulfatai on the “Urgent need for the Federal Government to intervene in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology imbroglio in Order to save the future of innocent Youths.”
Ashafa who is also a Co-sponsor of the Motion stated that both the Oyo and Osun State Governments have failed the Students of LAUTECH who have been at home for a long time due to the inability of the State Governments to meet the demands of the Academic Staff. ”
Speaking further, the Senator highlighted the ills of idleness, which the students have been subjected to include social vices like prostitution, drug abuse, cultism to mention a few. In his words, “there are so many consequences for idleness, most importantly the vices that these students have become susceptible to; including prostitution and cultism even off campus like the Badoo group which we have witnessed in Ikorodu and its environs in the recent past.”
He concluded by urging his colleagues to support the motion stating that “I urge my colleagues to support this motion and call on the Federal Government to intervene through the Ministry of Education, Nigerian Universities Commission or any relevant department of Government to bring the strike action to an end.”
You would recall that the Ladoke Akintola University jointly owned by the Oyo and Osun State Governments has been on strike for over a year now, following the inability of both state governments to pay the salaries of the academic and non- academic staff of the higher institution.
The Senate accordingly resolved that the closure of the University can no longer continue and urged the Federal Government to intervene in the matter and find a lasting solution to the problem, which will ultimately result in the resumption of school activities in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.