Following the poor financial commitment of State of Osun Government on the management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), the Oyo State House of Assembly has called for the disengagement of State of Osun from the joint ownership of the institution.
This was contained in a motion sponsored by the lawmaker representing Ogbomoso North, Olawumi Oladeji and nine other lawmakers at the plenary session yesterday, the motion entitled:” Reviewing the Joint onwership of LAUTECH: A Step towards sole ownership by Oyo State Government”
Oladeji noted that upon the creation of State of Osun out of Oyo State in 1991, the two states concerned agreed to the joint ownership and reached an agreement of sharing ?responsibilities including payment of staff salaries, but State of Osun has been reneging on the agreement thereby threatening the growth and development of the university.
She noted that the Oyo State Government has been trying it’s best to ensure the sustainability of the high standard of education which the university is noted for in the past through its commitment to fulfilling its own part of the financial obligation required.
“We are concerned about the persistent crises in the university due to default in payment of staff salaries as and when due. Cumulatively, State of Osun Government is owing 15 months staff salaries as at September, 2016. Consequent upon this, the university staff has embarked on an indefinite strike which has paralysed all activities in the university. It should be noted that if the industrial strile embarked upon by the university staffs persist for too long it may spell doom for the existence and growth of the university.
“Urgent need to be taken to address the issue of joint ownership of LAUTECH in view of the present challenges and crises rocking the university” She said
In her resolution, she urge Oyo State government to show more concern as regards the welfare of the staff, students and LAUTECH as a whole.