The end of the crisis in LAUTECH seem to be in sight as governors of the two owner states restate their joint ownership.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his Osun state counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola met in Ibadan to deliberate on issues affecting the institution. The meeting also had in attendance, deputies and senior government officials from the two states.
At the meeting which lasted for about 4 hours, the two states agreed to maintain the status quo. Governor Ajimobi, said the two states have agreed to an irrevocable commitment to the joint ownership of the University in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.
Reading the communique on behalf of his colleague, he said they regret the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution. They however call for undaunting commitment to move the institution forward.
“After a meeting co-chaired by the two governors, and attended by their deputies and senior government officials from the two states. The meeting regrets the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution and restate commitment to moving the institution forward”
“The meeting thereafter stated that in view of the historical affinity and long relationship between the two states, it resolves to rededicate all efforts towards the development of mutually benefited goals that will further cement the bond of friendship and brotherhood between them.”
“As brothers, sisters and family members of the same Yoruba ancestry, the meeting agreed that this should be a time of consolidation between the states rather than a time of fragmentation.”
“Consequently, the meeting agreed to an irrevocable commitment to the joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.”
LAUTECH: Governors Reach Common Ground
There have been calls for the two states to agree to part ways on the joint ownership. Some indigenes of accused Osun of tactically killing the institution with its alleged nonchalant attitude.
But, Ajimobi said the two states have reached a common ground on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution. This will ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and assets of the University across the two states in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning.
Owner States Urge LAUTECH Workers To Call Off Strike
The two Governors also appealed to the striking workers of the institution to resume duty.
“The two states appeal to the academic staff who are currently on industrial action to resume academic activities. while amicable and sustainable solutions are being worked out to sort out their grievances.”
“The duo states hereby enjoin all residents of the two states as well as other stakeholders including students, teachers and workers to go about their lawful duties. They should also resist any temptation to take the laws into their hands.”
“The states warned that any one or group that does otherwise will face the full wrath of the law.”
LAUTECH Crisis: Governors Set-up Panel
The owner states have announced Chief Wole Olanipekun, as the Chairman Visitation Panel. His terms of reference include the review of the current terms of engagement. This is to consolidate the joint ownership, the conduct of an audit into the institution’s sources and application of funds. It will also propose strategies for the overall improvement in its quality of education and service delivery.
Other members of the Panel include: Hon. Rasheed Afolabi, Prof. (Mrs) Akinola, and Prof. Sola Fajana representing the state of Osun. Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Prof. Ayo Salami, and Barrister S.A. Raji will represent Oyo state.