LAUTECH Crisis: ASUU Attacks Osun Government

The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Ladoke Akintola University has accused the Aregbesola led Government of being mischievous and conniving with the University council and Management to destroy the institution.

It will be Recalled, that the Aregbesola-led Osun state government earlier condemned the striking lecturers of Ladoke Akintola Universities of Technology, Ogbomosho. Accusing them of sabotaging efforts of ending the continued closure in the institution, owing to the inabilities of the two owner-states – Osun and Oyo, to pay workers’ salaries.

Last Sunday, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, alleged that there were ‘internal enemies’ within the school, hindering a peaceful resolution of crisis.

He posited thus:

“Right-thinking members of the society should please prevail on LAUTECH management and staff to allow owner governments to do the right thing – proper auditing, which invariably will ensure proper running of the institution and make it responsive to the essence of its establishment.”
However, in an Unequivocal but fact filled Press Statement.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, LAUTECH branch has refuted such claim.

In a statement signed by its branch chairman (Biodun Olaniran), and
Secretary(Toyin Abegurin).
ASUU revealed as follows “while our Union is committed to accountability, such exercise must be carried out in line with the dictates of University ethics, which empowers only the Governing Council to audit the accounts of the University, and not the visitors.”

“However, issues of operation of accounts and management of funds are activities of both management and the Governing Council, who were appointed by the owner states.

“Therefore, queries on infractions and
multiplicity of accounts, redundancy of
accounts, extermination of ventures and insinuated mismanagement of funds should be directed to the Council and management.

“If the owner states cannot ask them questions; it is either they are acting in mischief or conniving together to destroy LAUTECH. Thus, the traumatized workers should be spared from insults of being classified as ‘thieves’” ASUU expressed.

He said further “While the Olanipekun-led Visitation Panel recommended auditing of the University accounts and personnel, it does not specify that the University should be closed down while doing that, rather, it recommended an immediate payment of N 1.78 billion by the owner states.”

The union also frowned at the persistent comparison of the institution with UNIOSUN.

The statement further reads:

“Worldwide, we do not know those universities that are self-sufficient on tuition fees. At the moment, UNIOSUN that has about 20 Professors has cried out loudly that it cannot survive without subvention, yet the government keeps telling lies about this.”

“To be specific, what is the wage bill of
UNIOSUN, compared to monthly bill of N365 million in LAUTECH? Is there a single retiree at UNIOSUN as compared to LAUTECH? The tuition regime at UNIOSUN revolves around N100, 000 to N140,000:00, while it is flat rate of N65, 000:00 in LAUTECH. Even at that, the Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) was used to pay salaries for 18 months in LAUTECH, which the agents of governments are always silent to mention. The postgraduate fees being quoted by governments are products of falsehood”. ASUU Submitted.