Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Monday disclosed that the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, will now operate as a multi-campus university following the termination of its joint ownership with Osun State.
Makinde made the disclosure while addressing students of LAUTECH, led by the National Association of Nigerian Students and the Federation of Oyo State Students during their visit to his office.
The governor, who reiterated his determination to work for the progress of the university, said, “Yes, indeed I came to you to beg for your support to serve you and you gave me the opportunity and serving is what we are doing.
“My only advice is that LAUTECH is a university and university came from the word universal; so, please, we have an opportunity now to feel the impact of LAUTECH on the economy of Ogbomoso, Oyo State and the economy of this country.
“LAUTECH has the opportunity now to be the citadel of learning and research and finally, LAUTECH has the opportunity to be multi-campus. It will happen.”
The chairman of NANS and JCC in Oyo State, Mr. Opakunle Oluwafunmbi, said, “It has been hearsays that we had been hearing. But it is great news to us and to the entire mass of LAUTECH that we are able to have authentic news on LAUTECH.”
The Student Union President of LAUTECH, Mr. Olabiyi Anthony, thanked Governor Makinde for making the state’s sole ownership of LAUTECH a reality.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Osun State Committee on Ladoke Akintola University of Technology ownership crisis, Emeritus Professor Olu Aina, has said the ceded College of Health Sciences of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, will be a boost to the Osun State University’s medical programme.
The National Universities Commission had on Friday announced that the main campus of the university in Ogbomoso would be taken over by Oyo State, while Osun State would now own the College of Health Sciences located in Osogbo.
Speaking at a virtual meeting on Saturday, Aina said the inherited LAUTECH College of Health Sciences in Osogbo, would become part of the UNIOSUN College of Health Sciences.
He said, “Osun is not planning to establish a university. The college of health sciences and the teaching hospital has been ceded to UNIOSUN. We want to assure you that the hospital left in our government will be put to good use.”
“Since the announcement was made, we want to portray it as harmonious, no acrimony; we don’t want any sensation, it was a mutual negotiation. For those waiting anxiously, we want them to understand that it is done in the best interest of the states.”
The Osun State Commissioner for Education, Mr Folorunso Bamisaye, explained that the assets were shared in such a way that no one lost out.