​HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WITH THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF UNIONS OF LAUTECH AND THE OYO STATE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AT THE CAUCUS MEETING ROOM, ON THURSDAY, 11TH MAY, 2017

​HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WITH THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF UNIONS OF LAUTECH AND THE OYO STATE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AT THE CAUCUS MEETING ROOM, ON THURSDAY, 11TH MAY, 2017
INTRODUCTION:  The meeting was sequel to the resolution of the House of Assembly Oyo State on Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 while the House was deliberated on a matter of urgent Public Important titled ‘’urgent need to avert another indefinite Industrial Action at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso’’ The house expressed the view that all necessary measures need to be taken to ensure unhindered academic activities for the benefit of the students who were the leaders of tomorrow.
As a result of the above, the House resolved to summon the LAUTECH stakeholders and the Honourable Commissioner of Education to meeting today, Thursday, May 16th, 2017 with a view to finding immediate and lasting solutions to the lingering crisis in the University.
PRESENTATION OF SITUATION REPORTS
1. HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION:  The Honourable Commissioner of Education, Oyo State presented his situation report on behalf of the two owner states government as follows: He informed the House that the two owner states government agreed on January, 11th, 2017 that there were two ways to solve the problem of the university namely:  temporary and permanent. The temporary was in form of given LAUTECH a specified sum of N592 million to settle two months of staff salaries while the permanent measure was in form of setting up of the visitation panel, Technical Committee on the white paper and external audit of the staff and finance of the University.
The two owner states government had set-up the visitation panel to the University in order to finally find out the causes, effects and recommendation for the lasting solutions to the problems facing the University. He added that the panel had since submitted its report on February 10th, 2017.
The Commissioner further reported that immediately after the submission of the visitation panel report on February 10, 2017 the two owner states government inaugurated the technical committee on the white paper of the visitation panel 0n February13, 2017 which comprising of the official from the two state including Honourable Members of the Houses of Assembly.
He also specifically mentioned that the two owner state government in furtherance to the white paper, had contracted a reputable external Audit firm (KBMG AUDIT FIRM) to carrying out the forensic Auditing of both staff and finances of the University and other Tertiary Institution in the state so that the government would be operating from the known ground and facts about the University and the problems facing it so as to provide the lasting and permanent solutions.
He rounded up his presentation that based on the university autonomy, it was only the Management that can informed the House about the indebtedness of the two owner states government to the university.

2. VICE-CHANCELLOR PRESENTATION:  The Vice-Chancellor informed the House that the two owner states government promised to give the university the sum of N592 million which to be used to pay the staff outstanding salaries of June and July, 2016. Even with payment of those two months salaries, the management was still owned the workers the salaries of August to December, 2016.
He informed the House that there was an agreement with Unions in order to have a peaceful Academic atmospheric situation in the University and for the payment of the outstanding salaries. The Governing Council also directed the management to secure a bank loan of N400 million to be repayable in 6 months instalment which was used to pay January, 2017 salary so that full Academic activities could be restored to the University.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that due to the non-submission of the visitation panel white paper, the agreement the management had with the unions were failed most particularly on the short time agreement as a result of non-back up of funds from the two owners state government.
The Vice-Chancellor enumerated the sources of the university IGR as follows:
1. That we have 26,360 undergraduates at a flat rate of N65,000.00 which was total to N1,713,400,000 Billion naira annually,

2. That we have 2000 undergraduate part-time students at an average rate of N100,000 which was amounted to N176,102,500 million naira,

3. That we have 1,561 post-graduate degree Academic programme students at rate of N76,750 which also amounted to N119,806,750 million.

4. That there were 2,601 of professional post graduate Degree programme  students at the rate of N100,000 which amounted to N260,100,000 million, and

5. That Other sources of Internally Generated Revenue which was amounted to N50 million.
He gave the grand total of the IGR to the university annually as N2,319,409,250 per session, all things being equal.
Arising from the above, the Vice-Chancellor informed the House that the total IGR got by the University was greatly inadequate when comparing it with the total overhead expenditures incurred annually which stood at N6,816,258,509.14 billion. He submitted by said that the LAUTECH IGR was just 25% of its total overheads expenditures and the two owner states governments just needed to be alive to their statutory responsibilities of the payment of 75% monthly subvention.
The Vice-Chancellor informed the House that the 2015/2016 Rain Semester had been approved to commence on August 24, 2017 by the university senate but it was yet to take up due to the industrial action embarked by the unions as a result of non-payment of the subventions by the two owner states government as promised.
The total subventions indebted to the university as at December 31, 2016 so that the House can see where the two states stood:
1. Oyo = N1,531,890,646.48 billion

2. Osun = N5,350,428,400 billion 

AS AT APRIL 30, 2017:

3. Oyo = N2,715,729,726.22 billion

4. Osun = N5,350,428,400.42 million less N42m paid in 2017
The above was the state of the outstanding of the subvention owed the university by the two owner states government.

WAYS FORWARD

i. Open Distance Learning

ii. Commercial form

iii. Ventures
PRAYERS

i. That the two owner states should be prevailed to pay all the outstanding subventions as presented above.

ii. The House should assist the University for Regular Payment of the monthly subventions from the two owner state
The VC while stating his closing remark said that going by the difference between the University IGR and the actual staff overhead expenses, the House should help to bridge the gap. That LAUTECH cannot survive without government subvention.
3. ASUU PRESENTATION

 

The ASUU chairman was advised to summarize his presentation because of time which he actually did and identified the problems facing the university as under listed below:
Lack of funding the University

Lack of will to fund the university

The refusal of the state of Osun to pay her monthly subvention in December, 201was the beginning of the accumulation of the debts to the University.

He informed the House that the model that state or public university can run on its own as self-sufficient as a failed and it was not possible because education is a social issue to the Nigeria citizen and there was not a place where such was done all over the world.

He gave hint on the unhealthy delay in the release of the Visitation Panel report which supposed to be four weeks but ended to be more than five months before the report was allowed to be submitted.

The Technical committee on white paper that was given 2 weeks was yet to submit their report.

The issue of Governing Council that said that they were only to manage money not to generate and source for funds for the university was unethical.

ASUU resolved that two owner states should continue to funds the university
4. JAC PRESENTATION
The JAC chairman insisted to read the JAC position as it was prepared not to be summarized as against the advised of the chairman of the committee.

RE: ATTENTION PERMANENT SECRETARY (CABINET AND SECURITY)

RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) humbly refer to your letter referenced LD8/126/005 dated May 10, 2017, on the topic stated above and also humbly submit as follows:
While the Joint Action Committee of the Unions is not opposed to the proposed financial audit in the University, it found the personnel audit unnecessary and grossly uncalled for.
It is pertinent for the two owner states to know that right now, the Non-Academic Staff strength of the University has not met the student staff ratio stipulated by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The shortage of staff informed the two previous futile attempts made by the University to recruit staff but which was stalled by lack of fund. See the NUC regulation attached.
Also, it is important to note that the last time the University recruited a Clerical Officer was in 2011 six years ago! Between that time and now more than fifty staff members have died, many staff members have voluntarily retired or transferred their services, yet no replacement had been made. These have thinly stressed the existing staff to the point of exhaustion.
We wish to bring it to your notice that despite the stringent recruitment process the University engaged the services of a Consultant to audit its staff at an exorbitant cost. The Consultant had done its job and submitted the report. If government needs information concerning personnel, it is advisable to consult University Management for same, else any further attempt, the Unions deemed it to be an undue victimization. Government should remember also that Oyo state had done BVN verification for all the staff of the University. Any further attempt amount to vindictive effort.
Only recently, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of the State of Osun told the public that the School fees charged by UNIOSUN is higher than fees charged by  LAUTECH by only five thousand (N5,000.00) naira. 

The Joint Action Committee of the Staff Unions wishes to state that the statement is not true and more felt highly disappointed that it was coming from the Governor of the State of Osun who is supposed to be more knowledgeable about the affairs of LAUTECH. Below is the table showing the comparison of school fees charged by LAUTECH and UNIOSUN:

COMPARISON OF UNIOSUN AND LAUTECH TUITION FEES
FACULTIES UNIOSUN

👎 LAUTECH 

👎 DIFFERENCE 👎

NON-SCIENCES 95,000.00 65,000.00 30,000.00

SCIENCES 100,000.00 65,000.00 35,000.00

MEDICAL 135,000.00 65,000.00 70,000.00
The differences in the fees charged are vividly indicated on the table above. This is a far-cry from the false information being fed the public.
Also, it is unfair of the Governor of the state of Osun to compare the finances of LAUTECH with many Professors with UNIOSUN that has only fourteen (14) Professors while LAUTECH has excess of 110 Professors on its payroll. LAUTECH is twenty-seven (27) years old while UNIOSUN is eleven (11) years old. Rationally and with a sound mind, there is no basis for the comparison of the expenditures of a eighty year old man with the expenditures of a ten (10) year old boy. This is the analogy that fits LAUTECH and UNIOSUN.
It is an open secret that UNIOSUN takes 30% of personnel cost from the government up till now. It makes up for the rest from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Trust fund of 5% from all Local Government (LG) funds that has always been accruable by UNIOSUN has NEVER been enjoyed by LAUTECH. We expect Government to be fair when shying away from its responsibilities.
Governments of Oyo and Osun called themselves “PROGRESSIVES” therefore they did not allow the University to change tuition fee. The fees charged are on heads ranging from Registration of students to utility. Any discerning mind can check LAUTECH website to confirm the fees charged by LAUTECH.
This boils down to the lame comparison that UNIOSUN has twelve thousand (12,000) students while LAUTECH has about twenty-seven thousand (27,000) therefore it should fund itself from fees charged. The fees that cannot buy chemical and maintain structures for just six months!
One wonders the number of pensioners in UNIOSUN compared to the number in LAUTECH. Pension paid by LAUTECH is more than Ten Million naira (N10,000.000.00) monthly as well as huge sum for Gratuity but UNIOSUN has no Retiree, so no pension is paid to retirees.
A specialised University of Technology like LAUTECH should not be compared to UNIOSUN. There are Laboratories that require maintenance and purchase of chemicals. These are money consuming areas that could not be compared with UNIOSUN.

The cumulative effects of Governments nonchalant attitude to the problems of funding in LAUTECH is multi-dimensional.
The destiny of the children who are mostly indigenes of Oyo and Osun States is being toyed with. It could spell doom in the nearest future. 
At present, enrolment of students in LAUTECH has declined tremendously. Parents now prefer to send their children to a more stable University.
Also, the rating of the University in the Committee of Universities has dropped. It is a state of sublimity to ridiculous. This boils down to the quality of the certificate being issued by the University.
All stake-holders, students, parents, staff, pensioners and others have suffered immensely due to Governments attitude to the plight of the University.
The JAC, having listed so little of the reasons for incomparability of LAUTECH and UNIOSUN and the reason we do not need personnel audit, wishes to state our unequivocal request as follows: Government should;
a. without further delay, pay all the arrears of our Salaries and Allowances i.e Salaries and Allowances from August 2016 to date;
b. continue to pay subventions to the University to enable the University survive; and
c. note that the precarious staff situation in the University will be worse by the year 2017 because the sixty-five (65) year retirement age approved by the NUC will take its toll and more than two hundred (200) Non-Teaching Staff will retire at once. By that time most offices in the University would be locked up.  Government should just not attempt to tamper with the existing personnel structure of the University. 
JAC vehemently opposed the proposed Personnel Audit as it is a waste of effort and hard-earned fund. If Government wants any information about staffing, it should mandate Management to provide the result of Staff Audit which Council awarded to AGBAJE, IGE & Co. at huge sum. The exercise was conducted in 2016/2017 – so recent.
The provocative utterances that are capable of creating more tension on campus should stop hence forth. We are enjoying peace but we do not want riot anymore.
WE AGAIN EMPHATICALLY STATE THAT ALL OUR OUTSTANDING SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES BE PAID IMMEDIATELY.
We appreciate the concern of Honourable Members of the House of Assembly and the opportunity for our voice to be heard.  
Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta
Yours in the struggle.
The Honourable Commissioner observed while the JAC Chairman was presenting that the Union should not abuse the state government on basis of Unionism. He was duly attacked and responded to by the Hon. Oladeji Wumi and the JAC Chairman that the letter of invitation given to the unions did not dictate where and where not to be touched.  Therefore, he was allowed to continue and completed his presentation.
He ended his presentation with an appeal to the good spirited people of Oyo and Osun states to rescue the university from the imminent collapse as a result of the non-challant attitude of the two owner states governments.
QUESTIONS FROM THE HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
1. Hon. Wumi Oladeji, representing Ogbomoso North State Constituency asked the Hon. Commissioner of Education that was it right to stop the staff salaries while the visitation panel is being set-up? 

2. She also asked the Vice-Chancellor that what was the result of the staff Audit being conducted by the Agbaje, Akin & Co.?

She reiterated the reason for the question that if there was a report of an external auditor on ground, calling for another one now by the two owner states government may be tantamount to duplication and waste of the scarce resources.

3. Also, Hon. Akande representing Ogbomoso South state constituency asked from the Hon. Commissioner about the report of the visitation panel and the Technical Committee on the government white paper.

4. Hon. Ajanakun informed the stakeholders that the House was interested in finding lasting solution and also in the short time, to avert another likely industrial action by the university unions.
Responding to the questions above, the Hon. Commissioner reiterated the position of the government that unless and until they carried out the forensic Audit of the University, they may likely not be able to do anything concrete and positive about the University. He tactically dogged the question about the report of the Technical Committee on the white paper. He vehemently insisted that the University has to be audited by the contracted KBMG Audit firm a very reputable and international in touch.
Hon. Wumi Oladji, immediately observed that the way the Hon. Commissioner was talking and reacting to the Union demands were not being good enough and very unfriendly to the hungry striking workers, that the Governor cannot even did the same.
The Vice-Chancellor while responding to the question about the staff Audit made a clarification that what the LAUTECH Governing Council directed the Management to do was only certificate verification which was nearly completed except for those staff that has foreign certificate.
RESOLUTIONS
The meeting agreed that a public university like LAUTECH cannot be self-sufficient without the payment of monthly subventions by the two owner states.
i. The Hon. Commissioner on behalf of the two owner states government insisted that the forensic Auditing of the University is sacrosanct and without it there may not be anything tangible to the University;
ii. The Unions were on the strong opinion that there would not be work without the payment of the outstanding salaries and we would not also allow the audit to take place without the government firstly do the needful.
iii. The House of Assembly appealed to the two owner states to pay the outstanding salaries arrears of the University workers without further delay and also appealed to the Unions to give them the House sometimes like three weeks to consult with their counterpart in Osun state House of Assembly and to specially intervene and prevail on the two owners states to do the needful in order to avert another indefinite industrial action by the Unions.
Conclusively, the meeting was just one of the means to the end of the lingering crisis be felling the university and it was yet to be over.
Thank you
ALUTA CONTINUA VICTORIA ASCERTA
Yours in the struggle

FAJOYE HAMZAT O.

SSANU/JAC SECRETARYHIGHLIGHTS OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WITH THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF UNIONS OF LAUTECH AND THE OYO STATE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AT THE CAUCUS MEETING ROOM, ON THURSDAY, 11TH MAY, 2017
INTRODUCTION:  The meeting was sequel to the resolution of the House of Assembly Oyo State on Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 while the House was deliberated on a matter of urgent Public Important titled ‘’urgent need to avert another indefinite Industrial Action at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso’’ The house expressed the view that all necessary measures need to be taken to ensure unhindered academic activities for the benefit of the students who were the leaders of tomorrow.
As a result of the above, the House resolved to summon the LAUTECH stakeholders and the Honourable Commissioner of Education to meeting today, Thursday, May 16th, 2017 with a view to finding immediate and lasting solutions to the lingering crisis in the University.
PRESENTATION OF SITUATION REPORTS
1. HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION:  The Honourable Commissioner of Education, Oyo State presented his situation report on behalf of the two owner states government as follows: He informed the House that the two owner states government agreed on January, 11th, 2017 that there were two ways to solve the problem of the university namely:  temporary and permanent. The temporary was in form of given LAUTECH a specified sum of N592 million to settle two months of staff salaries while the permanent measure was in form of setting up of the visitation panel, Technical Committee on the white paper and external audit of the staff and finance of the University.
The two owner states government had set-up the visitation panel to the University in order to finally find out the causes, effects and recommendation for the lasting solutions to the problems facing the University. He added that the panel had since submitted its report on February 10th, 2017.
The Commissioner further reported that immediately after the submission of the visitation panel report on February 10, 2017 the two owner states government inaugurated the technical committee on the white paper of the visitation panel 0n February13, 2017 which comprising of the official from the two state including Honourable Members of the Houses of Assembly.
He also specifically mentioned that the two owner state government in furtherance to the white paper, had contracted a reputable external Audit firm (KBMG AUDIT FIRM) to carrying out the forensic Auditing of both staff and finances of the University and other Tertiary Institution in the state so that the government would be operating from the known ground and facts about the University and the problems facing it so as to provide the lasting and permanent solutions.
He rounded up his presentation that based on the university autonomy, it was only the Management that can informed the House about the indebtedness of the two owner states government to the university.

2. VICE-CHANCELLOR PRESENTATION:  The Vice-Chancellor informed the House that the two owner states government promised to give the university the sum of N592 million which to be used to pay the staff outstanding salaries of June and July, 2016. Even with payment of those two months salaries, the management was still owned the workers the salaries of August to December, 2016.
He informed the House that there was an agreement with Unions in order to have a peaceful Academic atmospheric situation in the University and for the payment of the outstanding salaries. The Governing Council also directed the management to secure a bank loan of N400 million to be repayable in 6 months instalment which was used to pay January, 2017 salary so that full Academic activities could be restored to the University.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that due to the non-submission of the visitation panel white paper, the agreement the management had with the unions were failed most particularly on the short time agreement as a result of non-back up of funds from the two owners state government.
The Vice-Chancellor enumerated the sources of the university IGR as follows:
1. That we have 26,360 undergraduates at a flat rate of N65,000.00 which was total to N1,713,400,000 Billion naira annually,

2. That we have 2000 undergraduate part-time students at an average rate of N100,000 which was amounted to N176,102,500 million naira,

3. That we have 1,561 post-graduate degree Academic programme students at rate of N76,750 which also amounted to N119,806,750 million.

4. That there were 2,601 of professional post graduate Degree programme  students at the rate of N100,000 which amounted to N260,100,000 million, and

5. That Other sources of Internally Generated Revenue which was amounted to N50 million.
He gave the grand total of the IGR to the university annually as N2,319,409,250 per session, all things being equal.
Arising from the above, the Vice-Chancellor informed the House that the total IGR got by the University was greatly inadequate when comparing it with the total overhead expenditures incurred annually which stood at N6,816,258,509.14 billion. He submitted by said that the LAUTECH IGR was just 25% of its total overheads expenditures and the two owner states governments just needed to be alive to their statutory responsibilities of the payment of 75% monthly subvention.
The Vice-Chancellor informed the House that the 2015/2016 Rain Semester had been approved to commence on August 24, 2017 by the university senate but it was yet to take up due to the industrial action embarked by the unions as a result of non-payment of the subventions by the two owner states government as promised.
The total subventions indebted to the university as at December 31, 2016 so that the House can see where the two states stood:
1. Oyo = N1,531,890,646.48 billion

2. Osun = N5,350,428,400 billion 

AS AT APRIL 30, 2017:

3. Oyo = N2,715,729,726.22 billion

4. Osun = N5,350,428,400.42 million less N42m paid in 2017
The above was the state of the outstanding of the subvention owed the university by the two owner states government.

WAYS FORWARD

i. Open Distance Learning

ii. Commercial form

iii. Ventures
PRAYERS

i. That the two owner states should be prevailed to pay all the outstanding subventions as presented above.

ii. The House should assist the University for Regular Payment of the monthly subventions from the two owner state
The VC while stating his closing remark said that going by the difference between the University IGR and the actual staff overhead expenses, the House should help to bridge the gap. That LAUTECH cannot survive without government subvention.
3. ASUU PRESENTATION

 

The ASUU chairman was advised to summarize his presentation because of time which he actually did and identified the problems facing the university as under listed below:
Lack of funding the University

Lack of will to fund the university

The refusal of the state of Osun to pay her monthly subvention in December, 201was the beginning of the accumulation of the debts to the University.

He informed the House that the model that state or public university can run on its own as self-sufficient as a failed and it was not possible because education is a social issue to the Nigeria citizen and there was not a place where such was done all over the world.

He gave hint on the unhealthy delay in the release of the Visitation Panel report which supposed to be four weeks but ended to be more than five months before the report was allowed to be submitted.

The Technical committee on white paper that was given 2 weeks was yet to submit their report.

The issue of Governing Council that said that they were only to manage money not to generate and source for funds for the university was unethical.

ASUU resolved that two owner states should continue to funds the university
4. JAC PRESENTATION
The JAC chairman insisted to read the JAC position as it was prepared not to be summarized as against the advised of the chairman of the committee.

RE: ATTENTION PERMANENT SECRETARY (CABINET AND SECURITY)

RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) humbly refer to your letter referenced LD8/126/005 dated May 10, 2017, on the topic stated above and also humbly submit as follows:
While the Joint Action Committee of the Unions is not opposed to the proposed financial audit in the University, it found the personnel audit unnecessary and grossly uncalled for.
It is pertinent for the two owner states to know that right now, the Non-Academic Staff strength of the University has not met the student staff ratio stipulated by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The shortage of staff informed the two previous futile attempts made by the University to recruit staff but which was stalled by lack of fund. See the NUC regulation attached.
Also, it is important to note that the last time the University recruited a Clerical Officer was in 2011 six years ago! Between that time and now more than fifty staff members have died, many staff members have voluntarily retired or transferred their services, yet no replacement had been made. These have thinly stressed the existing staff to the point of exhaustion.
We wish to bring it to your notice that despite the stringent recruitment process the University engaged the services of a Consultant to audit its staff at an exorbitant cost. The Consultant had done its job and submitted the report. If government needs information concerning personnel, it is advisable to consult University Management for same, else any further attempt, the Unions deemed it to be an undue victimization. Government should remember also that Oyo state had done BVN verification for all the staff of the University. Any further attempt amount to vindictive effort.
Only recently, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of the State of Osun told the public that the School fees charged by UNIOSUN is higher than fees charged by  LAUTECH by only five thousand (N5,000.00) naira. 

The Joint Action Committee of the Staff Unions wishes to state that the statement is not true and more felt highly disappointed that it was coming from the Governor of the State of Osun who is supposed to be more knowledgeable about the affairs of LAUTECH. Below is the table showing the comparison of school fees charged by LAUTECH and UNIOSUN:

COMPARISON OF UNIOSUN AND LAUTECH TUITION FEES
FACULTIES UNIOSUN

👎 LAUTECH 

👎 DIFFERENCE 👎

NON-SCIENCES 95,000.00 65,000.00 30,000.00

SCIENCES 100,000.00 65,000.00 35,000.00

MEDICAL 135,000.00 65,000.00 70,000.00
The differences in the fees charged are vividly indicated on the table above. This is a far-cry from the false information being fed the public.
Also, it is unfair of the Governor of the state of Osun to compare the finances of LAUTECH with many Professors with UNIOSUN that has only fourteen (14) Professors while LAUTECH has excess of 110 Professors on its payroll. LAUTECH is twenty-seven (27) years old while UNIOSUN is eleven (11) years old. Rationally and with a sound mind, there is no basis for the comparison of the expenditures of a eighty year old man with the expenditures of a ten (10) year old boy. This is the analogy that fits LAUTECH and UNIOSUN.
It is an open secret that UNIOSUN takes 30% of personnel cost from the government up till now. It makes up for the rest from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Trust fund of 5% from all Local Government (LG) funds that has always been accruable by UNIOSUN has NEVER been enjoyed by LAUTECH. We expect Government to be fair when shying away from its responsibilities.
Governments of Oyo and Osun called themselves “PROGRESSIVES” therefore they did not allow the University to change tuition fee. The fees charged are on heads ranging from Registration of students to utility. Any discerning mind can check LAUTECH website to confirm the fees charged by LAUTECH.
This boils down to the lame comparison that UNIOSUN has twelve thousand (12,000) students while LAUTECH has about twenty-seven thousand (27,000) therefore it should fund itself from fees charged. The fees that cannot buy chemical and maintain structures for just six months!
One wonders the number of pensioners in UNIOSUN compared to the number in LAUTECH. Pension paid by LAUTECH is more than Ten Million naira (N10,000.000.00) monthly as well as huge sum for Gratuity but UNIOSUN has no Retiree, so no pension is paid to retirees.
A specialised University of Technology like LAUTECH should not be compared to UNIOSUN. There are Laboratories that require maintenance and purchase of chemicals. These are money consuming areas that could not be compared with UNIOSUN.

The cumulative effects of Governments nonchalant attitude to the problems of funding in LAUTECH is multi-dimensional.
The destiny of the children who are mostly indigenes of Oyo and Osun States is being toyed with. It could spell doom in the nearest future. 
At present, enrolment of students in LAUTECH has declined tremendously. Parents now prefer to send their children to a more stable University.
Also, the rating of the University in the Committee of Universities has dropped. It is a state of sublimity to ridiculous. This boils down to the quality of the certificate being issued by the University.
All stake-holders, students, parents, staff, pensioners and others have suffered immensely due to Governments attitude to the plight of the University.
The JAC, having listed so little of the reasons for incomparability of LAUTECH and UNIOSUN and the reason we do not need personnel audit, wishes to state our unequivocal request as follows: Government should;
a. without further delay, pay all the arrears of our Salaries and Allowances i.e Salaries and Allowances from August 2016 to date;
b. continue to pay subventions to the University to enable the University survive; and
c. note that the precarious staff situation in the University will be worse by the year 2017 because the sixty-five (65) year retirement age approved by the NUC will take its toll and more than two hundred (200) Non-Teaching Staff will retire at once. By that time most offices in the University would be locked up.  Government should just not attempt to tamper with the existing personnel structure of the University. 
JAC vehemently opposed the proposed Personnel Audit as it is a waste of effort and hard-earned fund. If Government wants any information about staffing, it should mandate Management to provide the result of Staff Audit which Council awarded to AGBAJE, IGE & Co. at huge sum. The exercise was conducted in 2016/2017 – so recent.
The provocative utterances that are capable of creating more tension on campus should stop hence forth. We are enjoying peace but we do not want riot anymore.
WE AGAIN EMPHATICALLY STATE THAT ALL OUR OUTSTANDING SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES BE PAID IMMEDIATELY.
We appreciate the concern of Honourable Members of the House of Assembly and the opportunity for our voice to be heard.  
Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta
Yours in the struggle.
The Honourable Commissioner observed while the JAC Chairman was presenting that the Union should not abuse the state government on basis of Unionism. He was duly attacked and responded to by the Hon. Oladeji Wumi and the JAC Chairman that the letter of invitation given to the unions did not dictate where and where not to be touched.  Therefore, he was allowed to continue and completed his presentation.
He ended his presentation with an appeal to the good spirited people of Oyo and Osun states to rescue the university from the imminent collapse as a result of the non-challant attitude of the two owner states governments.
QUESTIONS FROM THE HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
1. Hon. Wumi Oladeji, representing Ogbomoso North State Constituency asked the Hon. Commissioner of Education that was it right to stop the staff salaries while the visitation panel is being set-up? 

2. She also asked the Vice-Chancellor that what was the result of the staff Audit being conducted by the Agbaje, Akin & Co.?

She reiterated the reason for the question that if there was a report of an external auditor on ground, calling for another one now by the two owner states government may be tantamount to duplication and waste of the scarce resources.

3. Also, Hon. Akande representing Ogbomoso South state constituency asked from the Hon. Commissioner about the report of the visitation panel and the Technical Committee on the government white paper.

4. Hon. Ajanakun informed the stakeholders that the House was interested in finding lasting solution and also in the short time, to avert another likely industrial action by the university unions.
Responding to the questions above, the Hon. Commissioner reiterated the position of the government that unless and until they carried out the forensic Audit of the University, they may likely not be able to do anything concrete and positive about the University. He tactically dogged the question about the report of the Technical Committee on the white paper. He vehemently insisted that the University has to be audited by the contracted KBMG Audit firm a very reputable and international in touch.
Hon. Wumi Oladji, immediately observed that the way the Hon. Commissioner was talking and reacting to the Union demands were not being good enough and very unfriendly to the hungry striking workers, that the Governor cannot even did the same.
The Vice-Chancellor while responding to the question about the staff Audit made a clarification that what the LAUTECH Governing Council directed the Management to do was only certificate verification which was nearly completed except for those staff that has foreign certificate.
RESOLUTIONS
The meeting agreed that a public university like LAUTECH cannot be self-sufficient without the payment of monthly subventions by the two owner states.
i. The Hon. Commissioner on behalf of the two owner states government insisted that the forensic Auditing of the University is sacrosanct and without it there may not be anything tangible to the University;
ii. The Unions were on the strong opinion that there would not be work without the payment of the outstanding salaries and we would not also allow the audit to take place without the government firstly do the needful.
iii. The House of Assembly appealed to the two owner states to pay the outstanding salaries arrears of the University workers without further delay and also appealed to the Unions to give them the House sometimes like three weeks to consult with their counterpart in Osun state House of Assembly and to specially intervene and prevail on the two owners states to do the needful in order to avert another indefinite industrial action by the Unions.
Conclusively, the meeting was just one of the means to the end of the lingering crisis be felling the university and it was yet to be over.
Thank you
ALUTA CONTINUA VICTORIA ASCERTA
SSANU/JAC SECRETARY

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