Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disowned the report alleging Osun of being responsible for the delay in salary payments.
The union made the rebuttal at a meeting with Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Thursday with the management of the university in attendance over the threat by the union to embark on strike.
The governor, who is attending the UN’s 74th General Assembly, was represented at the meeting by the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi, while the LAUTECH delegation to the meeting, was led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Michael Ologunde.
ASUU was on Wednesday reported to have threatened to embark on strike because Osun was owing its members two months’ arrears of salaries.
But the the representatives of ASUU at the meeting disowned the contents of the story, saying there was no time the union ever singled out Osun as being responsible for the delay in paying their salaries.
The union was represented at the meeting by Dr. Olaniyan Olatunji, Welfare Officer, and Chief Adeniyi Adediran.
The union’s claim that it did not single out Osun in its communique and this position was supported by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Michael Ologunde, who read from the copy of the communique to buttress their argument.
To this end, the governor requested ASUU to issue a rejoinder, since it was disowing the report that accused Osun wrongly with regard to the running of LAUTECH.
On the salaries being owed ASUU, the governor said, “As a state, we have never been found wanting in the discharge of our responsibility and we will never waver in our duties to our citizens.
“The arrangement was that when Oyo is paying salaries of the workers in LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, we will be paying that of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, here in Osogbo.
“But since 2013, we have been paying that of Osogbo alone. In addition to that, we were still contributing to LAUTECH Ogbomoso. In fact, in 2017, when it was agreed that we should pay N1billion each, we paid ours. But did our sister state pay? Mr. VC, I am asking you.
“The records are with the University management. We make our releases promptly. Whatever grey areas that need to be sorted out will be done between the two states. I appeal to ASUU to extend its ultimatum by another week. Before the expiration, we would have met to decide the way forward,” Oyetola added.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, who confirmed at the meeting that Oyo State did not pay the said N1 billion but only made some payments by instalment, appealed to Osun and Oyo governments to save the institution from losing its rating as one of the best universities in the country.