By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Joint Health Sector Unions, (JOHESU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo has called on the two owner state governments, Osun and Oyo to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis of the institutions in order to avoid the attendant implications on the masses.
Addressing a press conference at the Teaching Hospital in Osogbo on Monday, the Chairman of the union, Comrade Muyiwa Moronkeji appealed to the two states to channel a way forward for the smooth running of the institutions.
Moronkeji noted that the prolonged ownership tussle between the states have culminated into the unstable smooth running of the two institutions due to haphazard financing.
According to him, “Prior to the crisis which commenced in 2010, the Teaching Hospital has always benefited adequately from the sponsorship of both state governments.”
He said that since 2013 when the crisis became escalated, Osun State government has been solely responsible for the financial obligations of LAUTECH Teaching Hospitals, Osogbo which include and not limited to salaries and emoluments of staff, Capital projects and Infrastructural development .
Moronkeji also pointed out that Osun state government has been fair and committed to the joints ownership of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo of which the staff members comprises of indigenes from both Oyo and Osun States without any discrimination or intimidation.
He noted that edict establishing LAUTECH stated that the university shall be established in Ogbomoso, while the Teaching Hospital and College of Health Sciences in Osogbo and that any other Teaching Hospital established in the name of LAUTECH apart from the one situated in Osogbo is unknown to law.
He further stated that the Supreme Court judgment had pronounced on 26th December 2012 which declared that both Oyo and Osun State government should return to status quo on the ownership of the LAUTECH Ogbomoso and Teaching Hospital ,Osogbo.
The Union then appealed to Royal fathers, members of the public, pressure groups and opinion leaders to intervene towards achieving a permanent resolution to the crisis.
They also urged every stakeholder to avoid further fanning of embers of discord among the two owner states