Osun State Government and Lautech cries over salary and has berated members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) over; its recent position on payment of salaries.
It reports that members of ASUU from that institution rose from; a meeting with a resolution to disrupt academic activities over; an alleged refusal of Osun State government to pay their outstanding two months salaries.
The University is jointly owned by the governments of Osun and Oyo states, with each state contributing counterpart funds for; the running of the institution.
In a swift reaction, the Secretary to the Osun State government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji in a statement titled: “ASUU’s position on LAUTECH cries : Setting the record straight,” said ASUU position was; not only misguided but presumptuous.
It noted that the position on the salary arrears expressed by the union does not truly reflect the position of things on the citadel, especially with; regard to Osun which according; to him appears to have been; singled out for vilification.
The statement averred: “Ordinarily, we should not be seen; to be joining issues with ASUU. However, as a responsive and responsible government, we owe the discerning members of the public a duty to set the record straight.
“Previously, Osun and Oyo states who are; joint owners of the university had agreed to a template that will see Oyo pay salaries of workers at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso for six months, while Osun carries the burden of paying salaries of workers at; LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, also; for a period six months and vice versa.
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