The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso in Oyo State on Tuesday matriculated 7,426 students into the institution.
The acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mojeed Liasu at the ceremony, said the University would continue to pursue greatness.
Liasu warned the new students to ensure strict obedience to laws and regulations of the institution, without which their rights to studentship might be withdrawn.
He thanked the Governor of the state, the institution’s Visitor, Gov. Oluseyi Makinde, for his generosity towards LAUTECH.
As the nationwide strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) persists, private universities in Lagos have shared their experiences on students’ enrolment for the new academic session.
Recall that the union had, on Feb. 14, embarked on a one-month strike, making several demands on the Federal Government.
The union had gone on strike to protest the non-implementation of an agreement it signed with the Federal Government in 2009. It said the Federal Government had failed to release the revitalisation funds for public universities and refused to allow the use of the University Transparency Accountability System (UTAS) for their payment.
The striking lecturers want the UTAS for the payment of their salaries and allowances, rather than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) used by the Federal Government in paying its workers.
They are also unhappy with the inability of government to produce the white paper report on the visitation panel to universities, among other issues.
ASUU rolled over the one-month strike several times until its National Executive Committee (NEC), on Aug. 29, resolved to turn it to a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.
It claimed that despite dialogue with the Federal Government, most of the demands of the union still remained unattended to.
Dr Elvis Otobo, Deputy Director, Public Relations and Marketing, Caleb University Imota in Ikorodu, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the now indefinite strike was worrisome.
On how the strike had impacted enrolment in the private university, he told NAN that over the years, the institution had been recording considerable enrolment.
He said that this was in line with its mandate of teaching, research and community service.
“I will say that the whole issue about strike in the public universities is unfortunate.
“However, we have been on top of our game in terms of deliberate upgrade of infrastructure, moral and academic excellence.
“Coming to enrolment, I will say yes, there is an increase, but I really will not want to attribute that solely the the prolonged ASUU strike.
“We have built capacity, developed infrastructure and have been holding our own not just in Nigeria, but globally.
“Right now, I may not be able to give you the statistics of enrolment, but I think it is quite commendable,” Otobo said.
Mr Samuel Ighalo, Strategy and Communications, Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos, on his par, said they had over 100 prospective applicants already and were eagerly waiting for them to begin.
Ighalo said that admission for the new session just started last month and the applicants so far received were across all programmes, while admission was still ongoing.
“The programmes include law, nursing, architecture, medical lab science, public health and environmental management, and toxicology.
“About 160 applicants applied last session, while this year, 100 have applied so far, with admission still ongoing.
“Our new session will kick off this September ending, but generally, the strike is also helping us to get new applicants,” he said.
Efforts to get the enrolment pattern in other private universities in the state were unsuccessful.
NAN reports that fees in public universities are generally low, when compared to that of private ones.
Meanwhile, the state-owned Lagos State University(LASU), Ojo, on Monday matriculated 6,377 students for the 20212022 Academic Session.
Two other newly-created state-owned universities, Lagos State University of Science and Technology, and the State University of Education are also unaffected by the strike.
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, in Abuja, met with Vice Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors of federal universities toward ending the protracted ASUU strike, which is nearing seven months.
At the end of the meeting, the Federal Government again set up a 14-man committee to look into the grey areas of the ASUU demands.
Mr Ben Goong, the Spokesperson of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu disclosed this at a press conference at the end of the meeting.
“After enormous two-hours deliberations, the meeting constituted a committee made up of four Pro-Chancellors, five Vice Chancellors and others, to be chaired by the minister of education to further look at the grey areas ASUU is demanding, particularly the areas where there has been no consensus.
“As I speak to you, that committee is meeting and they will proceed to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the outcome of the deliberations of that committee.
“Two basic areas that the committee will be looking at is the ‘no work no pay’ issue and the issue of remuneration of university lecturers,” he said.
On the demand of ASUU to use the UTAS, Goong explained that it was not part of the areas under consideration as government had already set up a committee to fine-tune the two payment platforms including the existing IPPIS.
He said that in few days’ time, the committee would conclude and thereafter meet with President Muhammad Buhari Meanwhile, students affected by the strike in public universities have also continued to lament the unending industrial action by the lecturers and deadlock in talks with government.
Olaseun Ajiboye,100 level Mass Communication, University of Lagos (UNILAG), said he barely started her first year in school when the disruption started.
He said it was not a good feeling, being at home without knowing when they would resume.
Ajiboye said that he waited for two years before getting the admission and ASUU and federal government decided to add more to the years of waiting.
“This isn’t the best position to be in at all, because, no classes or school activities, and I feel like I’m missing out on university life,” he said.
Olalekan Amusan, 400 level student of Mechanical Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH),Ogbomoso, appealed to ASUU to reconsider the students’ delay in education advancements.
“My friends in private universities have left me behind ,we might even stay longer in schooI because we do not know when the strike will be over,” he said Adedoyin Ishola, 400 level student of Philosophy,Federal University of Technology Akure(FUTA) said the indefinite ASUU strike was depressing.
Ishola said that she was in her final year, about to defend her project, when the union announced the strike.
“ASUU turned my four years to seven years, when I’m not studying medicine; I am currently learning graphics designing.
“I pray God will touch both ASUU and Federal Government’s hearts,” she said.
The Kwara College of Nursing and Midwifery, llorin has partnered with the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Oyo State, on degree programmes, including full-time, part-time and master’s in Nursing Sciences at the college.
Mallam Abubakar Ayinla, the Provost of the College, stated this on Saturday in a statement after a stakeholders’ meeting in Ilorin.
Ayinla emphasised that he would continue to sustain financial prudence in the administration of the college “in line with the policy of Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq-led administration in the state”.
According to him, he has adopted such a policy in the administration of the institution since inception and it has helped the college in effective management of human and material resources.
“The facts and records are there for verification.
My administration has held on to strict financial regulation and prudence that the Abdulrazaq administration at the state level is known for.
It is merit-driven and highly impactful,” he said.
The Nurse educator asserted that the expansion of the college infrastructure in recent times was cost effective and tenable.
“We have maximised our financial capabilities to achieve more in the face of daunting challenges.
” The Provost sai Abdulrazaq should be commended for his understanding, commitment and ability to reposition the college to achieve more in accordance with the institution’s mandate.
Mr. Saka Kayode, the Registrar of the College and Secretary to the Governing Council of the College, commended the management for holding fast to its responsibilities at all levels.
He stated that the Provost had sterling leadership qualities so rare to find in most education administrators in Nigeria.
According to him, it has been almost four years of promise kept and delivered in the nursing and midwifery education sector under the Provost, adding that the lofty ideas have been attained.
He pointed out that the accreditation of courses were achieved; more knowledge impactors had gone through training and re-training programmes at various levels; facilities were upgraded, including water, classrooms and offices.
Kayode said that students, lecturers and management relationship was superb, while old students were in contact with the management, trying to give back to the college through various arrangements and established communication channels.
Four Chemical Engineering graduates of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, have been awarded fully funded scholarship at the Louisiana State University(LSU), Los Angeles, U.
S. Mr Olalekan Fadeyi, the Principal Assistant Registrar, Public and Alumni Relations Unit of the University made this known on Tuesday in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
Fadeyi said that the four students were directly admitted into PhD programme with their first degrees into the university.
He said that it was the first time that four graduates of Chemical Engineering in LAUTECH were admitted into a PhD programme in the same academic session.
“Based on the previous interactions between LAUTECH and LSU, the Department of Chemical Engineering got a call from Louisiana State University to present scholarship awards to best students from the department.
“The students are Otusanya Gabriel Tobi (Class of 2017), Oluwole Titilayo Deborah (Class of 2018), Dauda, Monsuru Olatunji (Class of 2019) and Balogun Toyeeb Olamide (Class of 2019).
“The development testifies to the dedication of LAUTECH in producing students that can compete with its peer anywhere in the world.
“It also justifies the belief of members of staff of the Department of Chemical Engineering in the ability of its students and presenting them for this opportunity,” he said.
Ignore resumpThe management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, says it has not issued any directive on the resumption of its students.
purportedly announcing resumption of academic activities on Aug. 18, 2022. Mr Olalekan Fadeyi, the institution’s Principal Assitant Registrar, Public and Alumni Relations Unit, made the clarifications in a statement on Tuesday in Ogbomoso.
Fadeyi said that the purported resumption announcement allegedly signed by the institution’s Registrar, Dr Kayode Ogunleye, did not emanate from the university management.
He implored members of the public, especially parents, staff and students of LAUTECH to allow leadership of the university to conclude the ongoing efforts at resolving issues militating against resumption of academic activities.
Fadeyi said that the authentic information concerning resumption would be issued after all the outstanding issues had been resolved.
The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike.The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr. Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process.He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school.“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers.“It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight.“This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike, nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing.“The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose.” Even when the strike would have been called off, so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit.“So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration,” he said.Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses, prostitution, and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge.He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities.and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits.He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education, issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts – ASUU.He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike.” We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability.” For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” Also, the SUG president of the university of Jos, Mr. Danladi Adankala, recalled an incident that happened to a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom.” In LAUTECH yesterday, a 500-level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered.” She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike, she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom.” This is one of the many we know.Students can also be killed during a protest, so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school,” he said.In the same vein, the SUG President, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS, funds for therevitalization of public universities.Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, among others.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Students Union Government (SUG) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso on Wednesday mourned the killing of kidnapped Racheal Opadele, a final year student of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the institution.
Mr Anuoluwa Adeboye, the SUG President of LAUTECH, who made this known in a statement in Ogbomoso, said that the development had brought a dark moment to the institution.
Adeboye said that Rachael was kidnapped where she was working at hotel in a community close to LAUTECH.
He recounted that the Students Union Government immediately wrote Governments, security operatives, and all concerned stakeholders to see to her rescue without her dying but all efforts prooved abortive.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the gruesome killing of our dear student, Rachael, a final year student of LAUTECH, that was kidnapped where she was working in Ogbomoso due to ASUU strike on behalf of the entire students of LAUTECH.
“This is a dark moment in our school as we were lashed with the death of one of us.
“We were consumed when we first heard about her kidnap and we led the team to write to Governments, security operatives, and all concerned stakeholders to see to her release without her dying.
“It’s so disheartening and terrible to have heard her dead in the early hours of today, “he said.
He call on the government to administer justice on Opadele’s killers.
“The government should act fast and let justice be served.
As a matter of urgency, we are challenging the government to present to the public the killer(s) of our dear colleague.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rachael Opadele was abducted in the early hours of Friday in an hotel at Aaba, a community close to LAUTECH.
She was said to be working at the hotel following the ongoing protacted ASUU strike that has kept all Nigerian students outside the institutions.
The LAUTECH SUG, in its July 30 statement, said that students could no longer walk or move freely, sleep conveniently, travel, or do anything without fear of being abducted or kidnapped, robbed, raped, or maimed within or outside the University Community.
The abducted student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso in Oyo State, Rachael Opadele; a Hotelier, Mr Olugbenga Owolabi and one other, have been killed by their abductors.
Opadele, who was working with the hotelier (Owolabi), due to the ongoing nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), were abducted on Friday in Ogbomoso.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered on Wednesday that the victims were reportedly shot dead on Tuesday evening by the kidnappers after collecting N5 million as ransom.
A family source, who pleaded anonymity, said that a motorcycle operator, who carried the man with the ransom to the designated spot in the bush, was also killed, while the ransom carrier sustained injuries.
The source said that the abductees and motorcycle operator were shot dead in anger, while the ransom carrier is currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.
The ransom was taken to the bush on Ogbomoso-Ilorin Expressway, around Igbon area.
The source said that the kidnappers became angry when they noticed the presence of soldiers at the LAUTECH area.
The soldiers had stormed Ogbomoso on Tuesday in order to beef up security as a result of increasing rate of kidnapping in the area.
When contacted, SP Adewale Osifeso, the Police Public Relations Officer, who neither confirmed nor denied the reports, promised to get back to NAN.
However, as at the time of filing this report at about 4.33 p.
m, Osifeso has yet to get back to NAN Correspondent.
Resident doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, have commended Gov. Seyi Makinde, over improved welfare and services at the facility.
This is contained in a statement by Dr Sope Orugun, President and Dr Stanley Nnara, the General Secretary, on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the doctors had over the years complained about the poor welfare of members, outstanding salary arrears and services at the hospital.
The doctors, in the statement, said that the governor had shown more visible political will and increased financial support to its members and services at the hospital.
They said that the support had translated into improvement in services and prompt payment of salaries that commensurate with the federal institutions.
“We appreciate His Excellency, Gov. Seyi Makinde, for all his unprecedented contributions to the growth of our members and the hospital.
“These include increased and more visible political will, increased financial support, which has translated into improvement in services, prompt payment of salaries that commensurate with federal institutions, among others,” the doctors said.
They urged the governor to quickly intervene on other issues bordering on salary arrears, departmental accreditation and relentless political will.
The doctors also called for domestication and implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act as well as, funding within the state.
According to them, residents in other teaching hospitals in the country enjoyed such gesture, urging the governor to use his good office to actualise desires of the doctors.
The Ladoke Akintola University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday said it would forge ahead with its strike and warned its members not to break off.
The union in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Professors Biodun Olaniran and Toyin Abegunrin after their Congress, reacted to an alleged threat by Gov. Seyi Makinde to stop payment of subvention until lecturers returned to classroom.
It stated that any branch that broke the strike would lose out from the benefits of the struggle, including infrastructure development.
ASUU said members had resolved to forge ahead with the strike and pursue it to a logical conclusion, which “is imminent”.
The union said government should not see students as a target of the strike but as beneficiaries of ASUU strike as the intervention of most state governments in terms of subvention had been used as part-payment of salaries.
According to the statement, the Union is shocked to hear from the Commissioner of Education, Mr Rahman Abdu-Raheem, that the state had been paying LAUTECH 100 per cent subvention when the University administration revealed to the Union that only 55 per cent subvention came from the government.
It said the balance of 45 per cent had been sought by the university through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The ASUU leaders stated that the commissioner’s claim on subvention had created further distrust between the management and the unions as to who was telling the truth.
According to LAUTECH ASUU, the responsibilities of capital projects had been totally abdicated and surrendered to TETFUND and NEEDS assess projects of ASUU’s struggles.
They further noted that lecturers were very sensitive to the plight of the students but that the government should thank the union for the struggle which had helped in training its members in human capacity Development through TETFUND grants.