Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday summoned the Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso ,Professor Sulaiman Adeniyi Gbadegesin and the state Commissioner for Education Professor Adeniyi Olowofela to appeal before it over the lingering crisis that has bedevil the institution in the last couple of years due to non-payment of workers’ salaries.
This was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance titled “Urgent need to avert another indefinite industrial action at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso” moved by Honourable Olawumi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North).
Oladeji argued that “prior to the suspension of the strike action by the unions in the university, a MOU was signed with the management on behalf of the governing council but now the content and the spirit of the agreement has been breached.
“Accumulation of arrears of unpaid salaries still continued unsettled, staff of the university now endures hardship and various financial embarrassments due to non-payment of salaries I.e.7 1/2 months of arrears.
She declared that the staff unions in the university is planning to embark on an indefinite strike action “if urgent intervention is not taken by the two owner states to rescue the situation whereby students of the university would engage themselves in aimless wandering and criminal activities because of idle hands is the devil’s workshop”.
She then “urged the house to call on the technical committee to hasten up their assignment and submit their report without further delay.
It was however gathered that the unions in the university have embarked on indefinite strike.
Other members including Hon. Gbenga Oyekola (Atiba) and Hon. Olusegun Olaleye (Ibadan North 11) urged the two states to as a matter of urgency ensure prompt payment of the staff in the institution, make life better for both students and workers in the institution.
The Speaker of the assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo then ordered the invitation of the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology and LAUTECH VC to appear before the committee on Education, Science and Technology with a view of making clarifications on the actual indebtness of the two owner states and suggest possible means of getting out of the woods.
Adeyemo urged the Oyo and Osun state governments for posterity sake to take actions on payment of outstanding salaries of LAUTECH staff.
He also asked the committee on Education, Science and Technology to meet the state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology as soon as possible with a view to meet the state governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi to know the actual debt Oyo State is contributing in the payment of the staff.