The Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) LAUTECH Ogbomoso has disclosed that the essence of going to court is to seek redress for violation of the University edict by the two owners state
JAAC in a reaction to statement credited to the Osun state commissioner for Information and strategy Mr Adelani Baderinwa said it approached the state High Court, Ogbomoso Judicial Division, when it was clearly manifested and seen that the two owners states governments were hell bent on usurping, disobeying and disregarding the simple provision of the University law, for interpretation of the said provision so that the University autonomy through its Edict would not be eroded by the actions of the two owners state governments.
“Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomoso was a creation of law therefore the law that established the University had expressly stipulated the roles and functions of each of its organs, the roles and functions of the visitors (Oyo and Osun Governments) inclusive and the law of the University does not allow any of its organs to usurp and intervene on the powers and functions that do not belong to it, the visitors inclusive”.
“The University law empowers the Governing Council to appoint the external auditor to audit the University accounts and finances not the visitors (Oyo and Osun state Governments) and anything short of this is purely an act of rascality and abuse of power of office which is against the principle of rule of law and integrity as stated in section 8 sub section 4 of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Law of 1990 as amended for further confirmation”.
JAAC also argued that “the recommendation of the visitation panel led by respectful SAN, Chief Wole Olanipekun also clarified this issue in the main report of the panel, VOL.I, page 89. The panel agreed in consonance with the provision of the University law as stated above that appointment of an external auditor to audit the University finances should be done by the LAUTECH Governing Council”
“The Joint Action Committee resolved to reply and make rejoinder to the misrepresentation of facts and blatant falsehood being peddled by the government agents in order to put the record straight so that the public will be opportuned to base their judgement and sympathy on the fact of the issue rather than the lies and cheap propaganda being sponsored by the same government that announced publicly recently that is incapacitated financially but turn around now to inform the public that the unions were holding his hands to do the needful. What a turn of event” it concluded.