The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) branch, has suspended all academic activities pending the payment of their unpaid arrears.
The union at a congress held on Monday, decided to embark on a lecture boycott. The decision was a follow up after an earlier issued 10-day ultimatum to the university to pay their August, September and October salaries or face industrial crisis.
It was gathered that the lecturers are being owed cumulative 11 months’ salary arrears by the Oyo and Osun governments.
In reaction to the ultimatum, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Michael Ologunde, was said to have attributed non-payment of the salaries to non-release of subvention to it by Osun and Oyo government.
In a chat with newsmen on Monday, the chapter’s chairman, Abiodun Olaniran, explained that the union members resolved to suspend all academic activities until the arrears are settled.
In the last two years, LAUTECH has experienced several industrial actions over unpaid salaries and workers’ entitlements.
Moreover, the two owner states, on several occasions, continued blame games over who is at fault in releasing subventions.
It would be recall that the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, released N472 million on Wednesday for the payment of salary arrears of the staff and its teaching hospital in Osogbo.
According to a letter signed by the State Commissioner of Finance, Bola Oyebamiji, and addressed to the Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Oladapo Afolabi, the release of the fund was aimed at ensuring financial stability in the university.
The governor stressed that the release of the fund was in line with the earlier agreement reached at a meeting in Abuja between Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and himself on the need to ensure “financial stability and sustainability” of the institution.
Although the government claimed to have released money, the workers are yet to be paid.
Also the spokesperson of the school, Fadeyi Olalekan, as at Press time told newsmen that he is not aware of the industrial action as he is currently in Ibadan.
Meanwhile, some students of the institution who spoke with Journalists confirmed the industrial action.
According to Students “The Division of students’ affairs has addressed us. They told us the lecturers will be coming to the office but there won’t be lecture”.