*tasks Makinde to save institution from avoidable crisis
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Chapter on Thursday, asked Governor Seyi Makinde to impress it on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu and the Chairman Governing Council, Professor Deji Omole to pay seven years of arrears of earned academic allowances owed academic staff of the Institution.
ASUU in a statement made available to journalists, blamed the leadership of the university of denying academics their due promotion arrears which is capable of dampening their morale
The union in the statement jointly signed by the chairman and secretary, Professors Biodun Olaniran and Toyin Abegunrin, respectively, titled “LAUTECH Administration: A Slave Driver”, the union leaders put the amount being owed them at over N5 billion .
According to ASUU, their members have lost confidence in the university’s administration led by the acting vice chancellor and the Deji Omole-led governing council to pursue their welfare and that the governor should immediately intervene before the situation degenerates into further crisis in LAUTECH, saying, “It is rather unfortunate that the 2016 and 2017 avoidable crisis started because the then administration refused to address arrears of EAA. Apparently not learning from history, the present university administration and council are now towing the same path”
“Our Union cooperated with the administration to realize the debt from students with the understanding that our EAA and promotion arrears will be settled, knowing full well that at least one third of it could be paid”, it said.
ASUU added, ” however, as against our understanding, the university administration went ahead to appropriate the realized money on acclaimed capital projects and none of the two arrears was attended to”
Tasking the governor to wade in on time, ASUU said “we therefore, call on the Visitor, His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde that we have lost confidence in the university administration led by acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof M.O Liasu and Professor Ayodeji Omole-led Governing Council to address our welfare matters. In this regards, to avoid repeat of such avoidable scenario, he should intervene now”