Sakin Babalola, Ibadan.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) chapter on has rejected the call for the expulsion of all Osun State indigenes in the University.
Speaking through its Chairman,Dr Biodun Olaniran,the union also asked its members to embark on strike as from next week over non-payment of their five months salaries and 23-months subvention by the owner Oyo and Osun states government.
Dr Olaniyan during a chat with journalists in Ibadan declared that the call for the expulsion of all Osun State indigenes in the University by the Ogbomoso parapo during a protest last week on the University campus was misplaced and unacceptable.
“ASUU is against the call to expel staff of Osun state origin. The university does not operate on statism but tax payers money.The present state of affairs in the institution was created by chronic under funding for which neither Oyo nor Osun state could be exonerated,”he said.
Dr Olaniyan stressed that the solution to the problem facing “LAUTECH is for the government’s of Oyo and Osun states to live up to their social responsibility by properly funding the institution as it should be” and not the call for expulsion of all Osun indigenes from the University .
On the planned strike, the ASUU Chairman said the union at its congress held last Thursday directed all its members to embark on strike as from next week,saying it was sad that ASUU members in the University had been attending to their students and engaged in supervision while enduring the hardship.
Dr Olaniran gave the break down of the owed five months salaries and 23-months subvention as
Osun State government owing 15 months while Oyo state on its part was owing 8months.
The ASUU Chairman pointed out that it was unfortunate that the two-owner states of the same political party could not agree on what they want to do with LAUTECH.
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