Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has given lecturers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, condition for the release of the institution subvention.
Makinde that the state government will not release the subvention for LAUTECH, unless the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in the institution pulls out of the national strike and resume teaching.
The governor’s media aide, Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying this on Sunday while featuring on a programme aired by the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State.
He said, “Let me quickly use this opportunity to address the issue of the ASUU strike in LAUTECH. If the lecturers were sensitive, they should not have joined the industrial action.
“As of today, their subvention is being withheld. If they don’t go back to school, I won’t release their subvention. So, the students must know who to hold accountable.
“When we came in, we met 13 months salary outstanding. We worked to take the institution from Osun back to Oyo State. So, we expected 100 per cent cooperation at least for the sake of the students but there are people who want to play politics among them.
“Now, I can assure them that we will pay the lecturers who return to classrooms to teach our children. Those who want to be fomenting trouble should go ahead. I don’t care whether it is an election year. I will only do whatever is right until the last day of my tenure.”