The Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU has criticised the recent 300% hike in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH fees.
The zonal ASUU in Sokoto state also condemned the government of Oyo and Osun states, who own the institution for owing the university worker 10-month salaries and their failure to allocate subvention for the institution.
The Zonal Coordinator of the union in Sokoto State, Jamilu Shehu expressed his displeasure over the ongoing crisis in LAUTECH on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at a joint press briefing in Katsina.
Shehu complained that LAUTECH now depends on internally generated revenue while its infrastructure is in a sorry state adding that the institution increased school fees from N100,000 to N300,000 to the disadvantage of the students.
“Since 2013, the university has been greatly underfunded, arising from non-release of subventions by the two states.
“Consequently, staff are owed 10 months salary arrears and are currently being paid net salary. The promotion arrears for the years 2013-2017 are yet to be paid.
“The infrastructure of the university is also in a sorry state, unbefitting of an ivory tower. The quagmire forced the Governing Council of the university to resort to the only available option of relying on IGR.
“This meant a hike in the tuition fees, which is not in the interest of students, parents and indeed, educational development of the two states.”
ASUU disrupts ongoing exams to start another strike in LAUTECH
However, due to poor funding and other issues between the university workers and Oyo and Osun state government that own the institution, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution has reportedly disrupted the ongoing second-semester examinations to begin another strike.
According to Premium Times, the secretary of the union, Toyin Abegunrin confirmed the development saying the university lecturers are embarking on a two-week warning strike to express their displeasure with the non-payment of salaries and poor facilities in the institutions.
He said, “The matter is in public domain. Yes we commenced warning strike today,”