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Students beg LASU lecturers to shelve strike

07 May 2014, 11:43

Lagos - The Lagos State University Students Union (LASUSU) on Tuesday urged lecturers in the institution not to interrupt the already prolonged academic session by going on strike.

Nurudeen Yusuf, the President of the Students Union, said in Lagos that the proposed strike by the lecturers would be unhealthy to the system.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) LASU Chapter had issued its management a seven-day ultimatum trade dispute, effective April 30.

The seven-day ultimatum came at the expiration of an earlier two-week ultimatum on April 29, which followed an initial 21-day ultimatum that had expired on April 13.

The union had complained of the way in which the management was handling its demands and threatened to embark on an indefinite strike, if they were not met.

It had contended that the hike in fees had accounted for the drop in students’ enrolment in the institution.

The lecturers also expressed dissatisfaction over the "No vacancy, No promotion" policy of the university, and the non-implementation of the 2009 University Miscellaneous Provision Act, already operational in other universities.

Yusuf said that strike was not an option for the university at this time because of the unfortunate strike in the past few months, which distorted the institution’s academic calendar.

"Even if ASUU must embark on strike, they should allow the session to end before commencing the strike,’’ he said.

Yusuf said it was not true that the management had bought the students union over as claimed in some quarters.

He urged the state government and the management to avert the proposed strike by resolving the pending issues with ASUU-LASU, to ensure uninterrupted academic session.

 - NAN

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