*Rejects call to expel Osun indigenes
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Following non-payment of 5-month salaries and 23-month subvention, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) chapter has resolved to proceed on industrial action next week.
While disclosing this to newsmen in Ibadan, the institution’s ASUU chairman, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, said the decision to proceed on industrial action was reached at the congress of the union held last Thursday.
According to Dr. Olaniran, the academic staff had been attending to their students and engaged in supervision while enduring the hardship.
WESTERN POST learnt that out of the owed subventions, Osun State Government was reportedly owing about 15-month while Oyo State owed 8-month.
While noting that it was a tough decision that was reached after considering the threatened livelihood of academic staff, Dr Olaniran flayed the call by an indigenous group for the expulsion of Osun State indigenes from LAUTECH.
The ASUU boss, who said the call was misplaced and unacceptable, added that the solution to the problem at the institution is for the governments of Oyo and Osun states to live up to their social responsibilities by properly funding the institution as required.
Dr. Olaniran wondered why the two-owner states who belong to the same political party could not agree on what they wanted to do with LAUTECH.
“The present state of affairs in the institution was created by chronic underfunding for which neither Oyo nor Osun state could be exonerated. ASUU is against the call to expel staff of Osun State origin. The university does not operate on statism but on tax payers money,” he said.
However, a group of “Ogbomoso Parapo” had protested last week on the campus, demanding the expulsion Osun State indigenes from the institution.