By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Chapter, has asked Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola to pay the outstanding 13-months salaries owed workers of the Institution without any further delay.
The union also threatened industrial crisis should the workers’ arrears of salaries not be paid by the two owner-states.
The academic union claimed that staff of the institution were finding it difficult to survive while nobody is willing to loan them money to meet their basic needs.
Chairman of ASUU, LAUTECH, Dr Oyebamiji Oyegoke, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday, saying the institution’s workers were facing untold hardship due to what he called abdication of responsibilities culminating in workers being owed 13 months salaries.
The union’s boss said the call became imperative in view of the bail-out being granted to states by President Muhammadu Buhari in which Oyo State is a beneficiary.
While calling for judicious utilization of the funds to boost the life chances of the workers, Dr Oyegoke demanded regular payment of salary from monthly governmental subventions and not from the internally generated revenue, which is supposed to be used for other welfare and development projects.
Dr Oyegoke further stated that the “two owner-states jointly owed the university workers 13-months salaries forcing the university to keep the system running via financial interventions.”
While lamenting that there has been no visible projects on the campus in the last five years, Dr Oyegoke said the projects visible on the campus were products of ASUU struggles and TETFUND interventions.
Warning of imminent industrial disharmony between the workers and the government’s of the two owner-states, the ASUU chairman wondered whether Governors Ajimobi and Aregbesola forgot their promise to “spend the necessary money on LAUTECH to turn it into a model university among its peers.”
According to him, the Oyo and Osun governments have abdicated their responsibilities of providing funding as expected for the university whether capital or recurrent.
While condemning the two governors, ASUU called for a sustained response towards capital projects in the university, while asking for payment of owed salaries as well as the approval of payment of Academic Earned Allowances to the deserving workers.