Lagos State University lecturers set to go on strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo Chapter, has threatened to go on strike at the expiration of another 14-day ultimatum it declared on 15 April.

The union made the declaration at its South-West zonal congress, held at the institution. Dr Adesola Nasir, ASUU South-West Zonal Coordinator, said the ultimatum was effective from 15 April.
“The 14-day ultimatum trade dispute had been issued to accord the management an opportunity to address the demands of the union. ASUU would be holding its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the expiration of the ultimatum and ASUU-LASU will embark on a full scale strike, if its demands are not met,” he said.
ASUU- LASU had, on 25 March, declared a 21-day ultimatum trade dispute, following the non-implementation of some agreements reached with its management over 12 months ago.

Nasir said that ASUU, at the National level, had intervened to resolve the brewing crisis in the university through dialogue with the management but that the issue was being handled with levity by the institution’s authorities.
“The university authority says there are lots of demands they cannot resolve, except with the aid of the state government,” he said.
Nasir said the university authority had not met the demands of the lecturers but chose to engage in propaganda against the union.

He said the union, as a conscience of the nation, would not allow the hike in fees in the institution to remain. “Student enrolment drops yearly due to the hike in fees, ranging from N197, 000 to N350 000. The annual enrolment in 2011/2012 before the increment was 3,052, but has dropped to 1,119 in the 2013/2014 admission,” he said.

Nasir said the ‘no vacancy, no promotion’ policy was also yet to be addressed by the management, adding that such policy would stagnate the progress of staff.
“The management, saying that promotion was ongoing, was economically far with the truth. Those who are due and qualified for promotion, there is no vacancy for them, and are not promoted,” he said.
He noted that ASUU-LASU may be denied the over N2 billion Needs Assessment intervention fund because available facilities are under-utilised.
“LASU is far behind the recommended National University Commission (NUC) carrying capacity for universities, as available facilities are underutilised. The university has at least 6,000 carrying capacity, but is now carrying 1, 500,” he explained.
Nasir advised the authorities to implement the 2012 University Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment) Act by the Federal Government, to discontinue the continuous retirement of staff in the professorial cadre.

He urged the management, governing council and the government to do the needful in the matter, so that peace and industrial harmony could be restored in the university.