By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Crisis deepened as workers at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH), Osogbo kicked against the alleged idea of running the administration of the institution from the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso.
The workers described the the idea as totally wrong and unacceptable.
Briefing journalists in Osogbo on Monday, Mrs Fapohunda Olajumoke who spoke on behalf of staff of College of Health Sciences, Osogbo also called on Osun and Oyo state governments to prevail on Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III and indigenes of the town to stop interfering in the daily administration of LAUTECH.
According to them, ” Economic importance of LAUTECH is monopolised by Ogbomoso. We therefore call for diversification of faculties whereby towns in Oke-Ogun, Oyo, Ejigbo and many other towns in Oyo and Osun States will equally benefit
She further enjoined the two Governors, Gboyega Oyetola and Seyi Makinde to do everything within their reach to ensure fairness, Justice and equity in the distribution of the institution assets to ensure effective management of the institution and also put an end to the lingering crises.
She argued that such process would help in the sustainability , growth and progress of LAUTECH.
Olajumoke said: ” Despite all intimidation from Ogbomoso indigenes , there is no occasion that indigenes of Osun who are LAUTECH staff responded or retaliated.
“Inequity in the distributions of faculties, programmes and projects of the university had been a major challenge and the need to addressed such issues was pertinent.
“The University has seven (7) Faculties with only one (1) which is the Faculty of Clinical Science wholly situated in Osun.
Staff ratio is extensively skewed to Oyo , despite that Osun pay salaries .
“We should know that since 2013 ,Oyo government had stopped paying salaries of the Teaching Hospital in Osun which is only the hospital recognised by the Edict of the University.
“The government of both states had been financially and morally committed to LAUTECH in which Osun spend more on the institution than Oyo.
“The two states should come to roundtable on the sustainability and progress of the institution,” Olajumoke said .
Dr Lekan Adebayo, a staff of the University who further spoke to newsmen called on both government to revisited and respect the 2010 Report by the Visitation team to LAUTECH.
He said,” He wished the institution becomes a Federal University if the need demands, and also the last solution to the crises in the institution.
Adebayo , however, said the purpose of the conference was to disabused the minds of falsehood being peddled by the Ogbomoso indigenes and he called for Justice, equity and fairness of the institution assets if the needs demands.
The staff were armed with placards with various inscriptions such as ; “Soun Palace Not the Seat of LAUTECH Administration “, ” LAUTECH is Not Ogbomoso Property “, ” Oyo Osun Government come to Roundtable Discuss Progress of LAUTECH “, Governor Oyetola Kindly save us from likely Xenophobic Attacks at Ogbomoso” among others.