We can now restore LAUTECH’s lost glory, says Gov. Makinde

We can now restore LAUTECH’s lost glory, says Gov. Makinde

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state government has a renewed opportunity to restore the lost glory of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.


A statement issued on Saturday by Mr Taiwo Adisa, his Chief Press Secretary, said that the governor said this, while reacting to the termination of the joint ownership of the university by the Oyo and Osun State Governments.


Makinde said that the real work to reposition the university and take it back to those glorious days when it was adjudged the best state-run university in the country had now begun.


The governor said that with the amicable cessation of the joint ownership, a situation that had bogged down the university for years, he was ready to reposition the institution, in line with his campaign promise.


He pledged that the state government would now reposition the university for excellence, saying that his administration’s drive to industrialise the state would get the much-needed boost with an effectively run university of technology like LAUTECH.


“So, we give God all the glory. Now, the real work starts because we have to ensure that the university is properly funded, so that it will be contributing to the economy of Ogbomoso in particular, and Oyo State in general.


“If we are saying we want to industrialise the state and we have a university of technology adding value to our policy in Ogbomoso, our industrialisation efforts can proceed very quickly,” he said.


Besides, Makinde said that Oyo State was ready to fully shoulder the financial obligations of LAUTECH.


He said that the state government had appropriated enough funds to the institution in the 2021 Budget, adding that his administration would continue to discharge its responsibilities on the institution.


Makinde, who described Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State as a statesman, said: “There is no victor nor vanquished in the arrangement that has seen the National Universities Commission (NUC) transfer LAUTECH’s ownership solely to Oyo State.”


He stressed that the development was a win-win situation for both states, even as he urged the staff of the university “never to discriminate against members of the workforce who are of Osun State extraction.


“Now, there is no Oyo Forum or Osun Forum anymore, it is LAUTECH Forum and it should be focused on the output and growth of the university.”


The governor noted that the real winners in the latest development were students of the institution and its stakeholders, who can now have a stable environment that was conducive for learning and research.


He promised that he would visit Ogbomoso soon to meet with the stakeholders.


“I will also use this opportunity to thank my brother, governor of Osun State, for his cooperation and for being a statesman,” he added.

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