The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, ASUU chapter, has warned the Governor of Oyo and Osun State not to play politics with the lives of staff and students of the university.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities noted that the welfare of her members remains a priority and it would do everything within its power not to expose her members to economic hardship.
The Chairman of the Union, Dr Biodun Olaniran and Secretary, Dr Toyin Abegunrin in a statement
stated that the payment of salaries and arrears of allowances to its members remained important and would not be exchanged for politics by the two states.
The union had threatened to disrupt the academic activities of the institution if Osun state which is scheduled to pay salaries between July and December fails to pay the outstanding August and September salaries.
Osun state government while reacting to the accusation through the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji, claimed that ASUU was misguided about the state.
Olaniran and Abegunrin while reacting to the press release issued by Osun state government described it as “outright lies, a deceptive assemblage of figures with a propagandist mindset”
The duo in the statement said, “Now to the facts of the matter, Osun state should be ready to explain to the public, if there was an arrangement between the two states (Oyo and Osun) to pay LAUTECH salaries on six monthly basis? How faithfully has Osun been discharging its own share of this responsibility since 2013?”
“Osun state should also toe the path of honour by telling the public, how many teaching hospitals service LAUTECH’s medical programme? If Osun state has been funding the LAUTECH Teaching hospital in Osogbo, Osun State, who has been funding the LAUTECH Teaching hospital in Ogbomoso, Oyo state?”
“If Oyo state has not neglected the release of salary subvention to LAUTECH workers, just because the state funds the teaching hospital on Ogbomoso, Oyo state, why is Osun state hiding under the excuse that it has been paying salaries in the teaching hospital in Osogbo alone? The two teaching hospitals have their separate governing boards, their memberships are separately drawn from individuals within their states, and the financial obligations are borne separately by individual states.”
™For Osun to insinuate that Oyo has been cheating it because of this arrangement is factually incorrect and realistically deceptive. To this, we ask Osun to stop hiding behind one finger.”
“May we also ask why is it that it is only when it comes to Osun’s turn to pay salaries in LAUTECH that they start looking for issues to complain about?”