Over the years, ASUSS, led by Comrade Akeem Lasisi in Ogun State has proved the pundits wrong on several occasions . He has come to redirect the focus of unionism and labour from the traditional way of banging of tables and throwing of chairs shouting “we no go gree” to a more pragmatic and robbust engagement and constructive interfacing with the powers that exist and government officials to get the needs of the union members met .
To some, this continuous interaction with public officials may weaken the strength of unionists and labour leaders but keen observers of ASUSS and her style of leadership under Comrade Akeem Lasisi has come to realise that rather than weaken the bark and bite of unionism, it has reshaped and reinvigorated the resolve of ASUSS to get dividends and positive results for secondary school teachers across the state .
Like the proverbial saying LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, the Comrade Olusanjo Akande led ASUSS executive members in Ado Odo Ota Local government surprised everybody when they did what ordinarily would have been tagged the ” responsibility of the government ” by providing face mask for each teachers in the densely populated local government, an hand sanitizer and an improvised plastic water dispenser for all the schools in the local government in the fight against the deadly pandemic COVID-19 and to show to the whole world that ASUSS as a responsible teachers union is fully set to resume back to school as long as the government of the day is ready to meet all the conditions identified and highlighted by relevant stakeholders to reopen the schools.
Addressing representatives of each schools in the local government at the event which took place at Iganmode Grammar School Ota , the leadership of ANCOPSS, the local government TESCOM’ Zonal Secretary and the Zonal Education Officer the State Chairman of ASUSS Akeem Lasisi commended the ASUSS leadership in the local government stressing that this will further prove to the government and parents that government alone cannot address all the issues that has to do with teaching and learning in the state without a very tangible support from other stakeholders, he reinterated the need for the government of the day to reconsider her stand on free education policy noting that he enjoyed the free education policy of the defunct UPN in Ogun State but that parents still contributed their quota.
In his word with ASUSS PRESS CREW reporter, Comrade Olusanjo Akande, the ASUSS Chairman in the local government said “my team of executive members felt that our teachers in the local government should not be exposed to risk of the spread of corona virus even if schools are reopened today by the state government hence the need for the procurement of these materials to help fight the spread of the pandemic”. Other speakers at the event commended ASUSS for the good initiative put in place and implored secondary school teachers to put them in good use to prevent the spread of the pandemic across the state.