It seems all is not yet well with Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho as members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution on Wednesday threatened to embark on an industrial action if their salary arrears were not paid at the end of the month.
It was gathered that Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has refused to release subventions for the payment of the workers’ salaries since August.
The dons lamented that all entreaties to the Governor have failed and they may be left with no other option than to embark on strike by the end of September.
After its congress on Wednesday, the Union said it decided to put the public on notice so that it would not be blamed if it eventually proceeds on strike.
In a release entitled, “LAUTECH: Trouble Looming Again” signed by the ASUU LAUTECH Chairman and Secretary Dr. Biodun Olaniran and Dr. Toyin Abegunrin, the union accused Osun State Governor of trying to make life unbearable for them.
“The problem of poor funding that brought LAUTECH to its knees in 2016/2017 is far from being over. The University, since it came out of that crisis, has been managing to survive with the new administration in Oyo and Osun states struggling to release the substantial part of monthly subventions for the payment of salaries.
“This brought some relief as the management struggles to attend to backlog of arrears through internally generated revenue. As a consequence, the University’s calendar started witnessing some stability. However, the whole story started changing when, in August 2019, the government refused to send the subvention for the payment of our salaries. All entreaties to the government to pay our salaries have not yielded any result.
“As we speak, the University is already owing arrears of two months, that is, August and September 2019 with no hope insight as to when the salaries will be paid. This is in addition to the existing eight months salaries previously owed to our members! The public must also be aware of other forms of indebtedness our members.
“These include years of promotion arrears, Earned Academic Allowances claims for 2013-2018, Cooperatives’ deductions, etc. These are in addition to other statutory obligations to the University which have been left unattended to by the governments.
“At a special congress held today, 25th September 2019, the situation was reviewed with members expressing hardship in transporting themselves to work, among other myriad hardships occasioned by the non-payment of salary.
“It was therefore resolved to put the government, the public and our students on notice that the Union should not be blamed if the on-going examinations and other academic activities are affected when by the end of the month, that is, 30th September, 2019, the congress meets again to review the situation.”