Indigenes of Osun State who are working at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, are now afraid of returning to work, based on the alleged threat issued to them by some indigenes of Ogbomoso, who recently protested the alleged neglect of the university by the Osun State Government.
The LAUTECH is jointly owned and funded by Oyo and Osun state governments, but the two states have been defaulting in payment of subventions.
Osun State Government is said to be owing 14 months’ subventions to the university, while Oyo State is said to be owing eight months.
As a result, workers’ salaries have not been paid in the past six months, while the Senior Staff Association of Universities have been on total and indefinite strike since July.
Based on this, some indigenes of Ogbomoso, under the auspices of Ogbomoso Parapo Worldwide, Home Branch, last week, staged a public protest and asked Osun State to quit being one of the owners of the university.
The SSANU chairman at LAUTECH, Mr. Muraina Alesinloye, who is an indigene of Osun State, told our correspondent on Thursday that he had not been able to go back to the university because of the ultimatum.
Alesinloye said the protesters were serious and he did not want to gamble with his life; adding that other workers from Osun State had not been going to the campus since the ultimatum was given.
He said, “Those who protested gave the ultimatum and one does not need to dare them. I have not gone back to the campus since then.
“Despite the strike, I am supposed to be on campus all the time because I am the chairman and others rely on me for information. But I have not gone there because of the ultimatum which expired today.
” But I want to appeal to Governor Rauf Aregbesola to pay his part. Oyo State was owing nine months and their governor paid half for three months. If our own governor also pays, we indigenes of Osun will be bold to speak when the issue is raised.”
The SSANU chairman stated that Aregbesola had said he would begin payment and pleaded with the governor to speed up the process.
However, the leader of the OPWH, Saka Bello, when contacted said he did not ask Osun State indigenes to leave the university but told them to go and appeal to their governor to pay what he was owing so that the workers could be paid their salaries.