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The Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), on Thursday called on governor Ajimobi Abiola of Oyo State and Mr. Raulf Aregbesola, his Osun State counterpart, to resign as governors of both states over their inability to pay salary of the staff of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
Prof. Fred Esumen, the ASUU Zonal Coordinator, made the call in Benin on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the state of the university owned by the two Western states.
He called on both governors to own up to their responsibility as anyone who employed staff but could not pay for the services rendered had no business in employing a staff.
Prof. Esumen decried the high level of neglect meted to the university co-owned by both states, pointing out that instead of the two to have come together to resuscitate the institution from total collapse, they have chosen to establish additional universities in their own states.
Prof. Esumen said, “One would have thought that in an ideal situation when a government and indeed any establishment engages workers, the workers deserve to be paid their wages.
“This is not the case in LAUTECH where the two visitors to the university have shied away from their responsibilities and have conspired to deny the workers in that university their rights to wages.
“It is, therefore, our view that what is left for these visitors is to honourably resign for not meeting up with what is expected of their offices.
“For the umpteenth time, our union ASUU emphasised that education is the fulcrum upon which growth and development of any nation revolve. Yet, education is brutally neglected by our leaders in Nigeria.
“The case of LAUTECH is very pathetic; owned by the two states of Oyo and Osun, yet lacks so much especially at the level of funding.
“In fact, the chronic underfunding of LAUTECH has manifested itself in so many ugly forms viz over-bloated students population, outrageous fee regimes, poor state of infrastructural facilities, inadequate staff development programme, unpaid promotion arrears and unpaid salaries of workers running into 10 months, etc
“Rather than redress the abnormally of underfunding, the two states have since established additional universities, each in their respective states,” he said.
The ASUU further called on Nigerians and lovers of education to come to the rescue of the institution.