Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo state, on Monday, prevented Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates from entering the school premises.

The students urged the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) to cancel the institution as a centre for the UTME examination.

All entrances leading into the institution were also blocked by the undergraduates, shutting out UTME candidates.

Teaching and non-teaching staff of LAUTECH were also denied entry into the premises.

The action of the undergraduates is in protest of the stoppage of academic activities in the school.

“The situation that led to blocking students from doing their JAMB this morning started months back,” Fawole Israel, vice president, National Union of Campus Journalists, LAUTECH chapter, told TheCable Lifestyle.

“The government handled the matter with levity and that led to the eight months strike. We have been on a session for a year and five months now. The money the government gave to the school only had a placebo effect, it could not solve the issue.

“NAAT, NASU, SSANU and ASUU have now adopted a new style. Mondays and Tuesdays, they will work and stay away from work for the rest of the week since the government is not paying them.

“If we are not progressing, we can also take our own step by blocking the school. That is how it is going to be for the rest of this week. No JAMB, cancel LAUTECH as a JAMB centre unless they answer us.”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LAUTECH chapter, had recently vowed to stop working unless paid their salary arrears.

They lecturers said that the governments of Oyo and Osun had failed to meet up with the demands of the union.



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