The Joint Action Committee of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State yesterday threatened that they would soon commence another industrial action since the management had failed to accede to their demands at the end of an ultimatum issued.
The committee, comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) accused Osun and Oyo, owner states of the school, of deliberately trying to incapacitate the school so that their state universities could survive.
In an address read by SSANU chairman, Alesinloye Muraina, the committee said both owner states had starved the school of funds and that after promising to make amends, the workers suspended a 16-month strike on October 23, 2017, only for the situation to worsen. It said that a 14 day ultimatum issued the school management expired on July 31. Muraina said:
“The government said the school accounting records were untidy and that forensic auditing would be done by KPMG. The result had yet to be made public. The external auditor discovered that the university can only survive by adequate and proper funding from the two states.
“The issue of allegation of operating 97 accounts was found to be imaginary and a mirage. The action of the two governments is to destroy the last standing legacy of the Yoruba race educationally by their refusal to pay statutory responsibilities to the school and incessant increment in school fees.
“Governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State have destroyed the mission and vision of the founders of the school. Their mischief is to ensure LAUTECH does not survive so that University of Osun and Technical University, Ibadan can survive”, he said.
While calling on influential Nigerians to appeal to the two governors to save the future of more than 30,000 students in the school, Muraina said that staff were owed 10 months salaries, and that the Internally Generated Revenue of the school was too little to pay workers and develop infrastructure.