LAUTECH ASUU sends SOS to Oyo, Osun govts over accumulated subvention

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology chapter, has called on the governments of the two owner-states to wake up to their financial responsibilities to the university.

In a statemen by the chairman of LAUTECH branch of the union, Dr Oladele Olaniran; and acting secretary, Dr. T. P. Abegunrin, the union called on the governments of Oyo and Osun states to release LAUTECH’s subvention of about 21 months (Oyo State: eight months, May and June, 2015 and January to June 2016; Osun State: 13 months, July to December, 2014; July to December, 2015; July, 2016).”

The statement reads: “In recent time, the two states (Oyo and Osun) have failed in releasing subventions to the university. This has forced the university’s management to pay staff salaries with internally generated revenue (IGR), which in the first instance, is not meant for that purpose.”

According to the statement, “a university adjudged the best state university in the country some time ago, is now moving in the opposite direction of the glory. These conditions are due to poor funding by the owner-states.

“What can we say of the social responsibilities of these states as far as education of their younger generation, who are to be leaders of tomorrow, is concerned? Some staff unions are on strike; students’ unrest prevails.”

The union recalled that the last time it could be said the university enjoyed good funding was during the era of the duo of Chief Bisi Akande and the late Alhaji Lam Adesina as governor of Osun and Oyo states respectively.”