Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has accused the two owner states of planning a sinister plan to kill the institution.
The Chairman of the union, Dr Biodun Olaniran made this remark in Ibadan shortly before appearing before the Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Education to explain the reason behind their proposed strike action.According to him, the both owner states owe us over seven months’ salary, but surprising Oyo State has established a Technical University, while Osun Government too is running their state university successfully.
The union boss noted that they have commenced on ‘no salary no work’ policy, adding that they will soon embark on industrial strike action if the government does not clear their outstanding salary.
“The seed for the current industrial crisis started to be sown with the incipient dwindling of funding from the owner states. The first salvo was fired through an inexplicable stoppage of capital grants to the University. The visible effect of this was the sudden arrest of the phenomenal growth that the University was witnessing at that time. But thank God for ETF and TETFUND interventions courtesy of ASUU struggles that have been responsible for all capital
Projects on the campus in the recent time.
“As if this is not enough, the two Governments started releasing subventions far less than actual total emoluments due to staff. When complaints were raised about this, the University administration was pointedly told to start augmenting with Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Events got to an unbelievable peak when even salaries stopped coming from Governments, starting with the Governor of Osun State in December 2013. Since then, staff salaries became subsumed under state politics, and recession anthem seized the air to provide justification for non-payment of salaries. Meanwhile, the University administration was paying salaries with IGR, thereby settling in motion, the dangerous trend of substituting government funding with IGR. Unfortunately, against all protest, warnings and entreaties the administration forged ahead with this dangerous trend.
“The result is that LAUTECH is presently being owed twenty-six and half () months of unpaid subvention by the Governments. But internally, staff members are being owed seven month salaries (August- December, 2016, March and April, 2017) running into billions of Naira. Need we repeat here that the LAUTECH model of running the University with IGR is a magic whose potency has proved to be a dismal failure” he said
He said the way out is for the governments of Oyo and Osun states to go back to the funding pattern of old during the governments of Chief Bisi Akande and Late Lam Adesina, which saw LAUTECH to its glorious height.
He noted that using students’ fees to pay salary is fraudulent.
“These fees have clear headings to minister to students’ needs that the government might not be able to provide. Some of these include reagents in the laboratories; tools in the engineering workshops, recreational facilities, procurement of drugs in the health centre, etc. all of these have been sacrificed at the altar of salary payment. If the trend is allowed to continue, sooner than later, the bubble will burst with greater cataclysmic consequences” Olaniran said