The Oyo State House of Assembly has appealed to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun state counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola to pay the jointly-owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso workers’ salary to avert a looming strike.
This followed a matter of urgent public importance by Mrs Olawunmi Oladeji a member representing Ogbomoso North at the plenary session on Tuesday.
Oladeji said that staff of the tertiary institutions have been subjected to untold hardship and embarrassment due to non-payment of seven and half months salary.
She recalled that the lingering crisis on nonpayment of salaries had earlier led to about eight months of industrial action which grounded academic activities in the institution.
“In a bid to resolve the crisis, a visitation panel was set up to investigate causes of the crisis with a view to proffer solutions however, the report of the visitation panel was never made public.
“Prior to the suspension of the strike by the staff union of the university, a MOU was signed with the administration of the school on behalf of the governing council.
“However, the content of MOU has been breached with accumulation of unpaid salaries and as a result the staff union is planning to embark on another industrial action,” she said.
Mr Muideen Olagunju (Accord/Oyo East/Oyo West) urged the assembly to be proactive in its oversight functions and critical issues that affect the state and it’s citizenry.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, called on the two governors to engage to urgently address the issue of owing workers salary in the interest of the students