Indigenes of Osun State working in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, have raised an alarm about purported plans by their counterparts from Oyo State to attack the Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde and some other individuals from Osun; next week.
A statement signed by a group known as Osun Forum, signed by its Chairman, Mr. Oladele R. Osunmakinde also described as uncalled for, the harassment at University main campus, last week, of workers of Osun indigenes and sympathizers during the commendation service in honor of the departed former Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Taiwo Adewole.
The group described as ‘preemptive’ blames by some individuals directed at the government of the State of Osun, since the two governors are yet to meet to put facts at their individual possession on the table to determine who owes what and who does not owe.
It alluded to records indicating that the two owner states have not been adequately alive to their responsibility on salary payments.
The Oyo State government, in the first three months of salary payments from January to March 2019, released N73 million each which amounted to N219million even though she later released N295m for each other three months of April to June 2019.
When it came to the turn of Osun State, she also released N300M since she commenced payment from July 2019 till date which is well marginally above what Oyo State paid during her first three months of salary payments.
With this record, accusing fingers should not be directed at only one state but rather, the two States should be encouraged to do more for the Institution in rebuilding the legacy of the best state University achieved by the past administrations of Oyo and Osun for several years.
Regretting that the people who were traditionally of the same blood are now at daggers drawn over reconcilable disagreement on purported non-payment of staff salary by State Government of Osun if records are put straight by the two governors, the group appealed to Governors Seyi Makinde and Gboyega Oyetola to expedite actions on their planned meeting before xenophobic attack becomes legalized in LAUTECH.
The forum emphasized the need for the two owner States to be more committed in their responsibility towards staff welfare both in LAUTECH, Ogbomoso and the Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, stating that in doing that, the issue of funding and ownership crisis would become a thing of the past.
Expressing that, “the indigenes of Osun State working in LAUTECH have resolved to do everything humanly possible to move the University forward as we are happy for the past and present successes recorded by the Institution”, the Osun Forum said it was worried by the resuscitation of the clamour, allegations and counter allegations from various quarters on funding and ownership which we believe should be left in the hands of the two Governors of the owner States because it is their responsibility”.
The group’s resolution, among other things, are that, “the two owner states should come out clear and give commitments to the joint ownership of the University; that the host community should be encouraged to avoid xenophobic induced agitations as we are kinsmen of same origin.
Other demands of the Osun Forum include that the two owner- states should publish their financial commitment to the institution (University and Teaching Hospital), since crisis erupted in 2010 by past administrations of the two states.
While appealing to the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, to pay immediate visit to Osun indigenes in LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, to assuage their fears of being seen as foreigners occupying native job positions in LAUTECH, Ogbomoso which is their joint patrimony, the group is demanding that the Federal government, Oyo State Government and State of Osun provides adequate security for them as they alleged that they currently live in fear of being attacked.