Happening Now: Resolving the Lingering Property Crisis at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomosho
The Executive Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, mni, MFR, FNAL, with the leadership of the NUC (1)
… Addressing journalists on current developments on solving the persistent property crisis at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho. (2)
The briefing focused on the decision and resolution of the Osun and Oyo state governments to dissolve the joint ownership of the university (3)
… following a high-power tripartite committee that negotiated an agreement on the distribution of assets and liabilities of LAUTECH held in Lagos from 8 to 12 November 2020. (4)
Osun State eventually ceded ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) to Oyo State, ending the persistent crisis that hampers the development of the University.
Consequently, both owners declare mutually agreed terms and the joint ownership of LAUTECH has been formally dissolved after extensive mediation by the National University Commission (NUC), on the need to restore tranquility and a conducive learning environment in both institutions.
The executive secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed, made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Friday on resolving the persistent property crisis that rocked the institution throughout the years. years.
He explained that although the main ownership of the University was transferred to the Government of the State of Oyo, the Faculty of Health Sciences, Osogbo is transferred to the Government of the State of Osun.
“It is gratifying to note that after extensive deliberations, negotiations and consultations, both owners declare mutually agreed terms and the joint ownership of LAUTECH is formally dissolved.
“The mutually agreed dissolution was formalized through the signing of a memorandum of agreement by the Executive Governors of the states of Oyo and Osun, witnessed by the Attorneys General of both states, giving legal effect to the transfer of ownership of the Ladoke Technological University Akintola (LAUTECH) to the Government of the State of Oyo and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Osogbo to the Government of the State of Osun.
Crisis-stricken Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso was established in 1990 by the former Oyo state government with the main campus located in Ogbomoso. Later the University Hospital was established in Osogbo.
When the state of Osun separated from the former state of Oyo in 1991, both states became co-owners of the institution.
However, over the years, the jointly-owned arrangement has been characterized by governance and management challenges that affected the appointment of the vice chancellor and other senior officers, as well as the irregular payment of staff salaries.
The NUC Executive Secretary recalled that in September 2010, when it became apparent that co-ownership of the institution was an issue, and in an attempt to resolve these challenges and restore normalcy for the university to focus on achievement of its mission, the National Universities The Commission constituted a Transition Committee to supervise the affairs of the Institution for three (3) months.
Rasheed noted that although the Transition Committee report contained some far-reaching recommendations on resolving the crisis, including a legal framework for the sharing of assets and liabilities between the two owning states of Oyo and Osun, the dissolution of the agreement of joint ownership was not possible. implemented.
He said the crisis at LAUTECH continued unabated with the concomitant erosion of its reputational capital and the loss of institutional goodwill.
He said: “In response to new appeals and calls from various stakeholders for further intervention by the National University Commission, including a meeting with the Governor of the State of Oyo, a Tripartite Committee, made up of representatives from the States of Osun and Oyo, chaired by the Deputy Executive of the NUC Secretary (Academics), was established to interact with stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the seemingly insoluble crisis.
“The Tripartite Committee began its mission on March 15, 2020. It conducted courtesy visits and held extensive meetings and interactions with the governors of Osun and Oyo states and other stakeholders, including the institution’s management and staff, as well like staff unions.
“The Committee also received written position papers / memoranda from the university leadership, staff unions and the Osun and Oyo state governments.
“In an attempt to achieve an equitable and mutually acceptable dissolution of the joint ownership of LAUTECH by the states of Osun and Oyo, in the general interest of the University and in line with the stipulations of the legal framework adopted by both states, the Committee Tripartite carried out critical activities, namely:
“Reassessment and update of the Assets and Liabilities of the University by relevant professionals from the states of Oyo and Osun to know their current values.
“Forensic audit of the Ladoke Akintola Technological University, Ogbomoso, and the Osogbo Teaching University Hospital from its inception to date by the audit firm Deloitte and Touche; and Delimitation of assets and liabilities to be shared by the two owning states of Oyo and Osun by Deloitte and Touche.
“The presentation of the updated asset and liability valuation reports and the forensic audit was followed by a careful study and extensive deliberations among the members of the Tripartite Committee and relevant professionals that culminated in a withdrawal from negotiations.
“The withdrawal of high-powered negotiations on the distribution of LAUTECH’s assets and liabilities across the states of Oyo and Osun took place in Lagos from November 8 to 12, 2020 with high-ranking officials from both states, including one of the lieutenant governors present.
“The National University Commission wishes to congratulate and express its deep gratitude to the Executive Governor of the State of Osun, His Excellency Adegboyega Oyetola and His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde of the State of Oyo for their exemplary political skill, leadership and tremendous sacrifice in putting the interest of LAUTECH and its more than 30,000 students above political and other considerations.
“The commitment, determination and sacrifices of the president and members of the LAUTECH Tripartite Committee and the Committee secretariat are sincerely appreciated.
“NÚC is willing to work with all stakeholders to ensure the full and faithful implementation of the terms of the agreement in all its ramifications and we will play our role to ensure that LAUTECH gets back on track, in a harmonious environment conducive to the fulfillment of its mandates. tripods of teaching, research and community service so that it can finally take its rightful place as a renowned Technological University making cutting-edge contributions to the advancement of knowledge, technological and socio-economic development and the nation’s global competitiveness ”. he said.