The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (Ogbomoso) chapter has expressed concern over the continuous silence of the institution’s Pro Chancellor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu , Vice Chancellor, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin and members of governing board of the institution on the crisis rocking the institution.
ASUU chairman, Dr. Abiodun Olaniran expressed the concern while speaking at the South West Group of Online Publishers’ media chart in Ibadan. He said that the silence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and key stakeholders in the university over the matter will not help the institution.
He said, “We are not comfortable with Asiwaju Tinubu’s silence on the matter, he has a significant role to play and we want him to quickly intervene and bring an end to the lingering crisis.”
Up till now, the Governing Council and management are yet to say anything over the matter and this is suspicious.
He said the major problems of Ladoke Akintola University is chronic underfunding , saying the IGR generated by the institution is not enough to run the affairs of the institution.”
“As we speak now, LAUTECH can no longer pay for utility services the institution have in darkness for some weeks now because they owe IBDEC and others”
He, however, urged the stakeholders to implore the owners state to faithfully implement the recommendations of Wole Olanipekun-led committee’s report .
According to him, part of the report advocated for immediate payment of N1.7B for the institution by September and stretch other payments so that the institution regains its feet.
Olaniran explained further that ASUU is not against forensic auditing of the University as being peddled in some quarters, “ASUU is known for probity and accountability, we are in total support of the exercise but what we are saying is that the thing must be done according to the dictates of the edicts of the University.”