Aregbesola trades blame with ASUU over LAUTECH crisis

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[Osun]–The Osun state government has accused management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) of frustrating its peace efforts of resolving the lingering crisis rocking the institution.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, who disclosed this in a statement, urged the public to prevail on the management and staff of the university to be considerate to end the crisis in the interest of the students. Baderinwa said government was doing everything possible to resolve the crisis to enable the school to reopen.

The commissioner alleged that some elements in the university were not sincere in resolving the matter, accusing them of deliberately frustrating the efforts to end the crisis.

In what was a swift reply, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH branch,in a statement signed by its branch chairman, Biodun Olaniran, and Secretary, Toyin Abegurin, refuted the claims by the Osun State Government that the staff and management of the institution were responsible for the delay in resolving the financial crisis of the school.

The Union argued that the government was misrepresenting facts regarding the crisis rocking the institution.

According to Osun State Government, “It is disturbing, especially at this period of recession to know that LAUTECH operates 97 bank accounts even though the Treasury Single Account (TSA) had become the order of the day. There are 10 chief accountants in the university, unlike what we have in other universities.

“Also worrisome is the panel’s report that LAUTECH had lost some money in many distressed banks. For the 27 years of its existence, Osun State government has lived up to its expectations as equal partner,” it explained.

Responding to these allegations, ASUU LAUTECH noted that it was demeaning for the commissioner to tag workers who had not received salaries for nine months as “internal enemies” of the university.

“While our Union is committed to accountability, such exercise must be carried out in line with the dictates of University edict, which empowers only the Governing Council to audit the accounts of the University and not the visitors,” ASUU said.

“However, issues of operation of accounts and management of funds are activities of both management and the Governing Council, who were appointed by the owner states.

“Therefore, queries on infractions on multiplicity of accounts, redundancy of accounts, extermination of ventures and insinuated mismanagement of funds should be directed to Council and management.

“If the owner states cannot ask them questions; it is either they are acting in mischief or conniving together to destroy LAUTECH. Thus, the traumatized workers should be spared from insults of being classified as ‘thieves.’

“While the Olanipekun-led Visitation Panel recommended auditing of the University accounts and personnel, it does not specify that the University should be closed down while doing that, rather, it recommended an immediate payment of N 1.78 billion by the owner states.”

The union equally called on the people of Oyo and Osun States, South west and the entire nation to prevail on the owner states to do the right thing by funding LAUTECH adequately.

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