Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso chapter of Sunday’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), advised both Oyo and Osun State Governments not to play politics with the life of university personnel and students.
ASUU maintained that the welfare of its employees remained essential in its requirements and that not exposing its members to financial hardship would do everything at its disposal.
In a statement made available to ONIF TV, ASUU Chairman Dr. Biodun Olaniran and Secretary Dr. Toyin Abegunrin indicated that payment of wages and allowance arrears to their employees remained essential and would not be traded between the owner countries for politics.
We also recalls that last week the union threatened to disrupt academic activity if the government of Osun, which it said was scheduled to pay wages between July and December, fails to pay the outstanding salaries for August and September.
Osun state government, however, through its State Government Secretary, Wole Oyebamiji in a response, said ASUU was misguided by the complaint against the state.
But, while responding, the duo of Olaniran and Abegunrin defined the Osun state government’s press release as “complete lies, disappointing assembly of figures with a propagandistic mindset”
The duo in the declaration said, “When there was an agreement between the two countries (Oyo and Osun) to pay LAUTECH wages on a six-monthly basis, should Osun state be willing to respond to the public to the facts of the matter? Since 2013, how faithfully has Osun fulfilled its own share of this obligation?
“The state of Osun should also follow the route of honor by telling the public how many teaching hospitals do the medical program of LAUTECH? If Osun State funded the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in Osogbo, Osun State, who funded the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in Ogbomoso, State of Oyo?
“If Oyo state has not neglected the release of salary subvention to LAUTECH workers, just because the state funds the teaching hospital on Ogbomoso, Oyo state, why is Osun state hiding under the excuse that it has been paying salaries in the teaching hospital in Osogbo alone? The two teaching hospitals have their separate governing boards, their memberships are separately drawn from individuals within their states, and the financial obligations are borne separately by individual states.
™For Osun to insinuate that Oyo has been cheating it because of this arrangement is factually incorrect and realistically deceptive. To this, we ask Osun to stop hiding behind one finger.
“May we also ask why is it that it is only when it comes to Osun’s turn to pay salaries in LAUTECH that they start looking for issues to complain about?”