Ondo varsity students protest ASUU strike

The Students of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State, on Friday protested over planned strike by the institution’s Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) .

Damilola Okunomo, President, Students Union Government (SUG),  told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Okitipupa that the ASUU strike would cripple activities in the school.

According to Okunomo, the strike will cripple the forthcoming second semester examination scheduled for Aug. 2, 2021.

“We have decided to continue the protest until the management and ASUU resolve their grievances, we have paid our school fees and we cannot be denied our examination,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a communiqué signed by Dr Dipo Akomolafe, ASUU Chairman, and its Secretary, Dr Rotini Olorunisola, the union resolved after its congress to commence total and indefinite strike from Aug. 2.

The communiqué said that the union took the decision after several meetings the institution’s management and failed.

It said that both parties could not resolve the issues of non-payment of salaries, reduction in subvention and other issues.

“We payment of all outstanding salaries and outstanding deductions to date and of N15 million as part payment of already approved Earned Allowance (EAA).

“The institution should put in place necessary measures to mainstream EAA into salaries, immediate consideration and appropriate approval of the financial implications of the newly prepared EAA already submitted to the management.

“The industrial action will not be until all subsisting issues between the university administration and union are fully addressed,” the communiqué stated.

Meanwhile, efforts by NAN to speak Mr Ganiyu Saliu, the institutions Registrar over the matter failed as calls to his mobile phone not going through. (NAN)