OYO State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, inaugurated the Oyo State Negotiation Committee on ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, with a clear mandate that the committee should secure a divorce of Oyo from Osun State in joint ownership of the university.
According to Makinde, the push for divorce in joint ownership of LAUTECH stemmed from a continued stay in an alliance that was not working.
Makinde who asserted that sole ownership was a solution to the myriad of problems that have bedevilled the university over time, allayed fears that Oyo State was not capable to solely manage LAUTECH.
Speaking at the inauguration held at governor’s office, Makinde said the 2020 budget already captured overheads and capital expenditure for the university at N2.09billion while the government may also explore the opposition of presenting a supplementing budget.
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Named as members of the five-man committee are former minister of state for the FCT, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide; former governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Bolaji Ayorinde; Oyo State Commissioner for Justice, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo and his Education, Science and Technology counterpart, Professor Dahud Sangodoyin while Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, Professor Ayodeji Omole is to serve as Chairman.
While handing down an initial four weeks timeline for the committee to turn in its preliminary reports, Makinde said the divorce sought from Osun in ownership of LAUTECH did not debar further relationship with Osun State in other aspects.
“You will recall that whilst on the campaign trail, I made it clear that I have come across information that I believe may have misled the Supreme Court into co-joining Osun State and Oyo State as owners of LAUTECH.
“I have also always advocated that the issues affecting the institution will be better managed if only one of the two states is in charge of this school. It is obvious that this alliance is not working.