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Oyo State Secures Sole Ownership of LAUTECH

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde on Thursday declared that the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso is now under the sole ownership of Oyo State.

He disclosed this in his remarks during a presentation of the report by the Oyo State Negotiation Committee on sole ownership of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso.

The governor praised the committee as well as the committee’s chairman on a job welldone.

“When we inaugurated this committee on November 27, 2019, we gave the members a clear mandate, secure a divorce from Osun State in a manner of speaking and get Oyo State sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso. Today, I am happy to officially receive your report. I see you have returned as brave warriors, having fulfilled your mandate.

“I remember that on the day of the inauguration, Professor Ayodeji Omole, who served as the committee chairman, promised that you will discharge your duties with integrity and courage. And I must say kudos because you have done exactly that.

“So, on behalf of myself, the Oyo State Executive Council, the staff and students of LAUTECH, the people of Ogbomoso in particular and the good people of Oyo State as a whole, we say thank you for a job well done, thank you for getting the job done.

“I am pleased to say that I have signed the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Bill 2020, into law,” he said.

The University had been jointly owned by Osun and Oyo state since 1991 and had been run by both states which had caused some issues over the years.

The governor expressed his sincerity that no hard feelings existed between both states over the separation but that it was the only way possible to end the issues within the University.

He extended his thanks and praises to the Governor of Osun State as well as the chief negotiator for the state for setting aside differences during the negotiations.

“Let me once again, use this opportunity to thank my brother, the Executive Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Governor Gboyega Oyetola for putting aside all differences, especially partisan politics, all through these negotiations. We appreciate his applying wisdom in taking a stand for what is best for the staff and students of LAUTECH.

I thank Professor Olu Aina who led the negotiations for Osun State. Also, I commend the versatility of Dr Sulaimon Ramon-Yusuf of the National Universities Commission who midwifed the negotiations,” he said.

The governor went further to add that the University would apply to the National Universities Commission (NUC) to convert from a university of technology to a conventional university so as to allow the study of other courses such as Law to be taught in the university.

He also announced that the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences would open its campus in Iseyin in 2021.

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