Osun state government on Thursday, met with the management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso over the threat by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to embark on strike.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi, represented the State governor, Gboyega Oyetola at the meeting while the LAUTECH delegation, was led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Michael Ologunde.
Just as the lecturers’ union disowned the content of the story which singled out Osun as being responsible for the delay in paying their salaries, the government asked the Union to write a rejoinder to that effect.
According to Nigerian Tribune, the governor said the state has never been found wanting in the discharge of its responsibilities concerning the school.
“As a state, we have never been found wanting in the discharge of our responsibility and we will never waiver in our duties to our citizens.
“The arrangement was that when Oyo is paying salaries of the workers in LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, we will be paying that of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, here in Osogbo.
“But since 2013, we have been paying that of Osogbo alone. In addition to that, we were still contributing to LAUTECH Ogbomoso. In fact, in 2017, when it was agreed that we should pay N1 billion each, we paid ours. But did our sister state pay? Mr. VC, I am asking you.
“The records are with the university management. We make our releases promptly. Whatever grey areas that need to be sorted out will be done between the two states. I appeal to ASUU to extend its ultimatum by another week. Before the expiration, we would have met to decide the way forward,” he added.