The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho Chapter at a meeting on Friday condemned the lack of implementation of the recommendations of Wole Olanipekun visitation panel.

In a statement titled, “Before the bubble bursts” Dr Biodun Olaniran and Dr Toyin Abegunrin, Chairman and Secretary, respectively expressed their displeasure with the current situation of LAUTECH.

In the statement, ASUU stated that the best and only lasting solution to the crisis is to go back to the recommendations of Olanipekun’s panel which “recommended adequate funding for LAUTECH to get the government to perform its responsibility to the university”.

ASUU further stated in the statement that things will only get worse if the government keeps avoiding its responsibilities as students and guardians are getting frustrated by the funding crisis which has been going on in the University for so long.

Below is an extract of the statement released by ASUU;

“The proposed Tuition Increase 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 insisted that the University should remain self-sustaining, rather than impress it on the government about its funding responsibility to the University. 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.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that all the promises made by this Council to the staff at its inception are a mere ploy to tie students/staff hands while their heads are being cruelty shaved through the regime of inclement tuition.

“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 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.”

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