Governor Seyi Makinde has stated that Oyo State now has a chance to restore the lost glory of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
A statement released Saturday by Taiwo Adisa, its chief press secretary, said the statement followed the termination of joint ownership of the university by the Oyo and Osun state governments.
According to the statement, the governor said the real work has already begun to reposition the university and take it back to the glorious days when it was awarded the best state university.
The governor said that with the amicable end of co-ownership, a situation that bogged down the university for years, he was ready to reposition the institution in line with his campaign promise.
He added that the Oyo state under his supervision will easily reposition the school for excellence, noting that his administration’s push to industrialize the state would get the much-needed boost with an effectively managed university of technology like LAUTECH.
“So we give God all the glory. Now the real work begins because we have to make sure the university is properly funded so that it contributes to the economy of Ogbomoso in particular, and the state of Oyo in general.
“If we say that we want to industrialize the state and we have a technology university that adds value in Ogbomoso, the industrialization effort can advance very quickly,” Makinde said.
The governor further maintained that the state of Oyo was ready to fully assume LAUTECH’s financial responsibilities.
He said the state government had allocated sufficient funds to the institution in the 2021 Budget, adding that his administration would continue to fulfill its responsibilities over the institution.
Makinde, who described Osun state governor Gboyega Oyetola as a statesman, also said that “there is no winner or loser in the settlement that has seen the National University Commission (NUC) transfer ownership of LAUTECH only to the state of Oyo. “.
He added that the situation is beneficial for both states, even as he urged university staff to “never discriminate against members of the workforce who are of Osun state origin.
“Now, there is no longer the Oyo Forum or the Osun Forum, it is the LAUTECH Forum and it should focus on the production and growth of the university.”
The governor added that the winners in the latest development are the institution’s students and their stakeholders who can now have a stable environment conducive to learning and research.
Makinde promised that he would visit Ogbomoso soon to meet with stakeholders.
“I will also take this opportunity to thank my brother, Governor of Osun State, for his cooperation and for being a statesman,” Makinde said.