Deep Crisis Imminent in LAUTECH-ASUU
The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) may not survive any long if the Governing Council of the University refuses to demand adequate funding from Oyo and Osun state, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (LAUTECH Chapter) has stated.
This position was made known in a press statement issued today by the Union and gotten by this Newspaper.
The lecturers said the situation in the university may lead to a ‘deep crisis’
“The proposed increase of about 300% in LAUTECH is gathering storm with all imaginable destructive potentials.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) LAUTECH branch, is amazed at the fixated position of the Governing Council which insists that the University should remain self-sustaining, rather than impress it on the government about its funding responsibility to the University.”
The Union also accused the Governing Council of the University of failing to put measures in place to help solve the financial crisis in LAUTECH ,instead Parents are made to bear the funding responsibility for the Varsity.
” It is disturbing that the present council after being in existence for over 14 months has not succeeded in attracting requisite financial attention from the government that put it in place.
Shifting this responsibility on the hapless parents is a panacea for deep crisis. It is becoming increasingly clear that all the promises made by this Council to staff at its inception are mere ploy to tie students/staff hands while their heads are being cruelty shaved through the regime of inclement tuition.”
The statement signed by the Union Chairman,Biodun Olaniran also stated that the white paper report of the Wole Olanipekun led visitation committee should have been followed
“One would expect that the Council should have seized on the instrument of the Wole Olanipekun’s Visitation Panel which recommended adequate funding for LAUTECH to get the government to perform its responsibility to the University. We are amazed that the Council has been keeping quiet over this. We are issuing this statement out of our patriot zeal for LAUTECH’s survival.”
The lecturers warned that the situation rocking the university may lead to explosion of the ’empty bubble’ used in running the Varsity,while advising that The Public should demand from both Oyo and Osun state governments, what it intends to do with The University of Technology
“The cloud of industrial disharmony is getting thicker by the day, the students are getting restive and increasingly frustrated while the empty bubble of deceit on which the University has been running will soon explode right before the eyes of this Council. If this Council has got to its tether’s end, in terms of securing funding for the University from the government that put it in place, it is time to honourably throw in the towel and allow the government to tell the public what it wants to do to LAUTECH.” The statement read.
LAUTECH has been in crisis after the University management announced an increment of tuition fee to 200,000naira for Indigenes and 250,000naira for non-Indigenes. The University reduced the fee to 170,000 for non-Indigenes and 140,000naira for Indigenes respectively after protests greeted the earlier increase.
The University has been a victim of poor funding with owner states constantly accused of been complacent in their responsibilities.