Yinka Kolawole in Oshogbo
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday decried the neglect of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), by Oyo and Osun States.
The union raised the alarm that the institution is on the brink of collapse if immediate action is not taken by the two States to rescuscitate the “collapsing institution”.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the union led by its Zonal Coordinator, Ibadan Zone, Dr. Ade Adejumo, expressed sadness over inadequate funding of the university by the two States.
He noted that the action of the two States has showed that they want the management of the institution to source for fund to run the university, saying the “increment of tuition fee will definitely force poor students out of the school and the implication are prostitution, armed robbery, criminalities will increase.
“We are currently on two weeks warning strike. We are calling attention to the fact that LAUTECH is on the brink of final disintegration.
“We are not so much concerned about almost 10 months arrears of salaries and promotion arrears; we are concerned about non-funding of the University. It is no longer inadequate funding, it is non-funding.
They noted that the Memorandum of Action, MoA, signed before the last strike was called off has not been respected by the government. They alleged that the Governors have turned their back to the University.
According to the union, many lecturers have left while many have retired, and there has not been replacement, thus, making the institution understaffed.
The union called on the Governors of Oyo and Osun to let the general public know if they are tired and could no longer fund the University, saying “the two Governors are encouraging criminalities by insisting that they survive on IGR.
“They should come out and disclose their plans for LAUTECH. If they want to liquidate the University, they should be bold enough to tell the whole world that they are liquidating the University.