Until Oyo and Osun state agree on how to pay the ₦1.7bn outstanding payment, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho (LAUTECH) [lautech.edu.ng] would not Resume according to the Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chairman in Lautech, Dr Biodun Olaniran.
He added that Despite the ₦500M paid by the two states Governors, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Mr Rauf Aregbesola, there has to be an Agreement on how the Balance would be paid and that there would be smooth-running of the varsity by both state without any future crisis.
Olaniran added that the ASUU strike wasn’t because of lack of salary, but because of the Funding problem which affects the University development drastically.
The ASUU chairman said,
“Our position is straightforward. It is not tied to salaries but the sustainable funding of the university. “The two states are supposed to give LAUTECH N295m as subventions every month but they have not been doing this. “Oyo State owes us N2.3bn and Osun State is owing N5.3bn but the two states just paid N500m. This is not enough. Although we are also considering the economic realities on ground, that is why we want them to state categorically state how they intend to pay the balance of N7.1bn. “Is it going to be monthly or how? They have to state this and assure us that from January 2017, they will no longer owe. If this is not done, we will resume and go back to the starting point very soon.”
Lastly, He said that until both states commit themselves to prove they are ready to defray the debt, the Eight month old strike may Unfortunately continue.