The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ondo State Axis has given the Management of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OAUSTECH) and the Joint Action Congress (JAC) on the campus 7 days ultimatum to resolve the strike issues rocking the campus.
The labour unions at OAUSTECH declared an indefinite strike on April 8 as a result of what they called “Inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.”
The affected unions include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
In a statement signed by the Chairman of NANS in the state, Akinteye Babatunde, the students warned that if normalcy is not returned to the campus before the expiration of the ultimatum, the students in the state will not hesitate to close down the institution.
The statement partly read:
“It saddened our hearts to recieve the news of the ongoing strike by the Academic and Non-academic Staffs Union of OAUSTECH, Okitipupa especially coming at a time when the whole planet is consciously trying to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has in turn affected the commencement of the 2nd Semester of 2019/2020 session.
“It’s very unfortunate that all the parties involved couldn’t settle their issues without sacrificing the time and academic progress of the students in the institution, an attitude which NANS JCC ONDO STATE secretariat frowns at.
“We hereby give all the parties involved 7 days from the date of this publication to employ every approach to curb the ongoing strike and return life back to the academic progression.
“Should the ongoing strike exceed the 7 days ultimatum, the NANS JCC ONDO STATE Secretariat would shut down the entire institution with PROTEST!!!
“We, in good faith, hope all would be done to curb the strike and all parties resume to work immediately.”