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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

LAUTECH Heading Towards Collapse, says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso has said the institution will soon shut its gates if nothing is done to rescue it.

The union decried the decay of infrastructure in the institution.

It expressed concern about “underfunding” of the institution by its co-owners of Osun and Oyo State governments.

In a joint statement yesterday by its Chairman, Biodun Olaniran and Secretary, Toyin Abegunrin, the union said both state governments should be blame for whatever happens to the institution.

The statement reads: “Recall that ASUU at LAUTECH, in a statement on July 26, warned about the impeding crises in the university due to government’s refusal to fund the university as part of their cardinal responsibilities to the Nigerian masses.

“This has led to the accumulation of unpaid salaries. Prompt payment of salaries, which is a major motivating ingredient of productivity, has become a mirage in our erstwhile glorious and exemplary state university which, in the past, was the glory of Oyo and Osun states.

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“Presently, suffering and uncertainty of survival means have become the abiding companions of the workers. After the alarm the union raised in the statement, one expected that a sensitive government would respond positively towards averting the looming crises.

“However, to our dismay, nothing was said or done on the statement. It is unfortunate that about eight months after the suspension of strike in the university, all the promises of the University Governing Council (GC), which led to the suspension, have not been fulfilled. It is saddening to report that up till now, the workers are being owed 10 months’ salary, promotion arrears, among other allowances. Salaries are being paid through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), mainly from school fees.

“It should be recalled that the union also called on the public to reach out to the Visitors to do the needful. Up till now, no response of any sort has been received.

“Flowing from the litany of misfortunes foisted on the university by the government, as enumerated above, our union is left with no other option than to call out our members once again to return to the trenches in search of a lasting solution to the crises…”

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