The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the governors of Osun and Oyo states to prevent theLadoke Akintola University of Technology from imminent collapse.
Addressing journalists in Osogbo, Osun State, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr Ade Adejumo said irregular payment of staff salaries, poor funding, understaffing and lack of welfare package for the staff had hit the university.
ASUU was alarmed that the university is on the brink of collapse, saying the development at the institution has been hampered by neglect by the two owner states.
Adejumo said the unfortunate scenario had been occasioned by neglect and needless ego battle by Oyo and Osun state governments.
He warned that the institution might become moribund if urgent action is not taken by the concerned authorities to remedy the situation.
“Non-payment of salaries and welfare package had made life unbearable for the union members. Many lecturers have resigned to seek greener pastures elsewhere, while many more had retired.
“Staff are being owed 10 months salary arrears, as well as arrears of promotion allowances and the school, is grossly understaffed as there have not been replacements to fill the vacancies.”
ASUU condemned the governors’ claim of inability to fund the school because they are surviving on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
“Governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State should come out with their plans for LAUTECH.
“If they want to liquidate the university, they should be bold enough to tell the whole world,” Adejumo said.
ASUU also kicks against increment in tuition fee, being charged by the university and the option of increment of tuition fee to get out funding crisis.
It stressed that such a move would force poor students out of school, and that its consequences could lead to increased spate of prostitution, armed robbery and diverse forms of criminality.
“We are not so much concerned about almost 10 months arrears of salary and promotion arrears. We are concerned about the non-funding of the university. It is no longer inadequate funding, it is non-funding,” Adejumo said.
The union also lamented that the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed by both the government and the union, before the last industrial action was called off, had not been honoured by the government.
Adejumo said members of the union had proceeded on a two-week warning strike to give an opportunity to Governors Ajumobi and Aregbesola to do the needful.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo