Workers at the Osogbo College of Health Sciences of the Ladoke Akintola University Technology ( LAUTECH), Ogbomoso have argued that if what they described as equal and fair distribution of faculties, programmes, projects and staffing of the institution was not addressed, the school would continue to experience crisis.
According to the members of LAUTECH staff who are indigenes of Osun state, Oyo has been taking the lion share in the institution’s assets and also in terms of staff strength noting that Osun government has, notwithstanding, been up of its task in terms of subventions.
They said situation at LAUTECH is the case of “robbing Peter to pay Paul” since the school is jointly owned by the two states. The workers therefore called on Oyo and Osun governments to address this issue and ensure that Osun has as much staff strength and faculties as Oyo’s campus.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues at a press conference at the College in Osogbo on Monday, Mrs Olajumoke Fapohunda said “inequity in the distributions of faculties, programmes and projects of the university has been a major challenge and the need to address such issues is pertinent.
“The University has seven (7) Faculties with only one (1) which is the Faculty of Clinical Science wholly situated in Osun.
Staff ratio is extensively skewed to Oyo , despite that Osun pay salaries .
“We should know that since 2013 ,Oyo government had stopped paying salaries of the Teaching Hospital in Osun which is only the hospital recognised by the Edict of the University.
“Economic importance of the institution is monopolised by Ogbomoso which is worrisome. The government of both states have been financially and morally committed to LAUTECH in which Osun spends more on the institution than Oyo,” she added.
The workers also called on Osun and Oyo state governments to caution Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Ajagungbade Oladuni Oyewumi and indigenes of the town from parading themselves as the sole owners of the institution.
They alleged that Oba Oyewumi and the indigenes of Ogbomosho have been laying claims to the control and ownership of LAUTECH saying such mentality was unacceptable.
The Osun indigenous workers carried placards with various inscriptions such as ; “Soun Palace Not the Seat of LAUTECH Administration “, ” LAUTECH is Not Ogbomoso Property “, ” Oyo Osun Government come to Roundtable Discuss Progress of LAUTECH “, Governor Oyetola Kindly save us from likely Xenophobic Attacks at Ogbomoso” among others.
They further enjoined Governors Gboyega Oyetola and Seyi Makinde of Osun and Oyo respectively to do everything within their means and ensure fairness, Justice and equity in the distribution of the institution’s assets to ensure effective management of the institution and also put an end to the lingering crises. They enthused that such process would help in the sustainability, growth and progress of LAUTECH.
Olajumoke said: ” Despite all intimidation from Ogbomoso indigenes , there is no occasion that indigenes of Osun who are LAUTECH staff responded or retaliated. Osun and Oyo Governments should prevail on the Soun of Ogbomoso to stop interfering in the daily administration of LAUTECH.
Dr Lekan Adebayo, a staff of the University who further spoke to newsmen called on both government to revisit and respect the 2010 Report by the Visitation team to LAUTECH.
Asked if the take-over of LAUTECH by the Federal Government would bring an end to the ownership crisis rocking the over 30 year old institution, Adebayo said, “I wish the institution becomes a Federal University if the need demands.”