18th June, 2010
The popular saying that when two elephants fight, the grass suffer, can best describe the fate of students as victims of the on-going indefinite strike embarked upon by lecturers of government owned institutions in Osun State.
Campus Square learnt that the three-week old strike, which was embarked upon by the lecturers at Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; College of Education, Ila Orangun and College of Technology, Esa Oke has not only paralysed academic activities in the schools, but denied the students access to education.
When Campus Square visited the schools in Ila Orangun and Esa Oke, the main gates were under lock and key. No single student was sighted within the schools premises.
Some of the students who later spoke with Campus Square expressed dissatisfaction over the manner the Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the lecturers have been handling the strike, calling on both parties to settle their misunderstanding amicably for the sake of the students.
A final year student at Osun State Polytechnic, who identified himself as Gbenga, told Campus Square that the students are very angry, frustrated and not happy about the ongoing strike.
He said: â€œBefore the strike, we were expected to start the second semester examination on 7 June, this year, and some of us would have started our final examinations.
The Academic Staff Union of State Polytechnics (ASUP) in the Osun State has vowed not to call off the strike if the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola led-administration fails to implement the CONTISS salary. The aggrieved lecturers said several states have adopted the new salary structure and urged the state government to follow suit or else they won’t return to work.
Oyinlola has turned down the request of the aggrieved lecturers while answering questions at the June 2010 edition of the bilingual television programme tagged Open Forum (Gbagede Oro) aired on Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC).