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LAUTECH: Osun govt hits ASUU over salary payment

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The Osun state government has reprimanded members of the University of Academic Personnel Union (ASUU) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) for their recent position in paying salaries.

GISTOK reports that ASUU members of that institution rose from a meeting with the resolution to interrupt academic activities due to an alleged refusal by the Osun state government to pay their outstanding wages of two months.

The University is jointly owned by the governments of the states of Osun and Oyo, and each state provides counterpart funds for the operation of the institution.

In a quick reaction, the secretary of the Osun state government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, in a statement entitled: “The position of ASUU in LAUTECH: Making things clear,” said the position of ASUU was not only wrong but presumptuous

He noted that the position on wage arrears expressed by the union does not really reflect the position of things in the citadel, especially with respect to Osun, which he says seems to have been pointed out to be vilified.

The statement stated: “Normally, we should not see ourselves joining problems with ASUU. However, as a responsive and responsible government, we owe the most demanding members of the public the duty to make things clear.

“Previously, Osun and Oyo declared that they are co-owners of the university had agreed a template that would see Oyo pay the wages of workers in LAUTECH, Ogbomoso for six months, while Osun carries the burden of paying the wages of workers in the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, also for a period of six months and vice versa.

“But while Osun kept the faith religiously with the previous agreement, Oyo at some point ruled it out. This explains why from 2013 to date, only Osun has been assuming the payment of workers’ salaries at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, which amounts to N16, 604, 510, 806.12.

“After the panel of visits of 2017 and the reconciliation of the accounts that followed, the two states reached an agreement to contribute one billion naira each, as the initial capital for the university. This amount was intended for stabilization.

“Under the agreement at that time, the university was expected to design means to finance itself after six months.

“Despite the shortage of funds at that time, Osun contributed his own One Billion Naira. But there was no record anywhere to show that Oyo paid that money.

“It is also important to keep in mind here that, long before the current round-trip on the payment of wages, the revolving payment between the two states had collapsed.

“Therefore, ASUU’s claim that Oyo had paid from January to June 2019, and as such, Osun should pay from July to December of this year, does not retain water. The argument will only make sense if Oyo had been paying the wages of the workers of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. ”

The statement also offered a statistical and chronological analysis of the payment of salaries between the two states, insisting that Osun had paid workers’ salaries in July and August at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for an amount of N465, 480, 475.31.

“In addition, in the same period in which ASUU stated that Oyo paid the wages of the workers at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Osun also paid the wages of the workers at LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

“To emphasize, below is the analysis of what Oyo contributed: January- N73, 977, 759. 10, February- N73, 977, 759.10, March – N73, 977, 759.10, April – N295, 969, 650.11, May – N295, 969, 650.11 and June – N295, 969, 560.11, while Osun, within the same period, had contributed: January -N235, 967, 856.98, February – N239,783,757.04, March -N239, 642, 219.14, April-N239, 007,500.28, May- N235,382,043.73 and June – N235, 251,415.70, to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. The state, as stated above, had contributed another N230, 923,499.67 and N234, 556, 975.64 as July salaries and August, respectively, for the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

“In addition to everything Osun had contributed to the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, again supported the university in Ogbomoso, with N300,000,000.00, in July this year.

“Indeed, what this means is that, while Osun had cumulatively spent more than N2billion in the institution from January to date, Oyo had only spent a little more than N1billion.

Osun State Government has berated members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) over its recent position on payment of salaries.

DAILY POST reports that members of ASUU from that institution rose from a meeting with a resolution to disrupt academic activities over an alleged refusal of Osun State government to pay their outstanding two months salaries.

The University is jointly owned by the governments of Osun and Oyo states, with each state contributing counterpart funds for the running of the institution.

In a swift reaction, the Secretary to the Osun State government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji in a statement titled: “ASUU’s position on LAUTECH: Setting the record straight,” said ASUU position was not only misguided but presumptuous.

It noted that the position on the salary arrears expressed by the union does not truly reflect the position of things on the citadel, especially with regard to Osun which according to him appears to have been singled out for vilification.

The statement averred: “Ordinarily, we should not be seen to be joining issues with ASUU. However, as a responsive and responsible government, we owe the discerning members of the public a duty to set the record straight.

“Previously, Osun and Oyo states who are joint owners of the university had agreed to a template that will see Oyo pay salaries of workers at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso for six months, while Osun carries the burden of paying salaries of workers at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, also for a period six months and vice versa.

“But while Osun kept faith religiously with the above arrangement, Oyo at some point jettisoned it. This explains why from 2013 till date, only Osun has been shouldering the payment of salaries of workers at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, amounting to N16, 604, 510, 806.12.

“Following the visitation panel of 2017 and the reconciliation of accounts that followed, an agreement was reached by the two states to contribute One Billion Naira each, as seed money to the university. The said amount was meant for stabilisation.

“By the arrangement at the time, the university was expected to devise means of funding itself after six months.

“In spite of paucity of fund at the time, Osun contributed its own One Billion Naira. But there was no record anywhere to show Oyo paid the said money.

“It is also important to note here that, long before the current back and forth over payment of salaries, the rotational payment between the two states had collapsed.

“Therefore, the claim by ASUU that Oyo had paid from January to June 2019, and as such, Osun should pay from July to December this year, does not hold water. The argument will only make meaning if Oyo had been paying salaries of workers at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo”.

The statement further gave a statistical and chronological analysis of salary payment between the two states, insisting that Osun had paid the July and August salaries of workers at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, amounting to N465, 480, 475.31.

“Besides, within the same period that ASUU claimed Oyo paid salaries of workers at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Osun also paid salaries of workers at LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

“For emphasis, below is the analysis of what Oyo contributed: January- N73, 977, 759. 10, February- N73, 977, 759.10, March – N73, 977, 759.10, April – N295, 969, 650.11, May – N295, 969, 650.11 and June – N295, 969, 560.11, whereas Osun, within the same period, had contributed : January -N235, 967, 856.98, February – N239,783,757.04, March -N239, 642, 219.14, April- N239, 007,500.28, May- N235,382,043.73 and June – N235, 251,415.70, to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. The state, as earlier stated had gone ahead to contribute another N230, 923,499.67 and N234, 556, 975.64 as July and August salaries respectively, for LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

“In addition to all that Osun had contributed to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, it again supported the university in Ogbomoso, with N300, 000,000.00, in July, this year.

“In effect, what this means is that while Osun had cumulatively spent over N2billion on the institution from January to date, Oyo had only spent a little over N1billion.

“From the forgoing, it will therefore be unfair for ASUU to single out Osun as being solely responsible for non payment of salaries at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, especially because for every kobo Oyo State had contributed in running LAUTECH in the last two years till date, Osun had contributed twice the amount.

“As a government, we are disposed to the amicable resolution of all issues concerning the running of LAUTECH. But we will not allow any individual or group to blackmail us into taking such decision.

“Whatever decision that needs to be taken on the future of the institution must be one that is mutually agreed upon by the two states,” the statement read.