The Osun State government has urged parents, students and other stakeholders of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) to plead with the institution’s joint unions to stop frustrating steps by owner-governments to get it back on track.
The government said it was uncomfortable with the prolonged strike that has kept Nigeria’s future leaders at home for months.
In a statement on Monday in Osogbo, the state acpital, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, expressed shock over the suit filed by LAUTECH’s joint unions to stop the auditing of the university’s accounts, as recommended by the visitation panel set up to investigate and resolve the crisis that has crippled the institution.
According to him, the state government found it shocking and counter-productive the suit filed by the unions at the Oyo State High Court.
Baderinwa said the auditing of the LAUTECH’s Ogbomoso accounts was recommended by the Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) visitation panel, adding that the owner-states appointed a reputable accounting firm, KPMG, to do the job.
The commissioner said the LAUTECH unions, besides chasing out the KPMG workers from the university, have allegedly persistently been working against the recommendation of the Olanipekun panel, except where the owner-states are asked to raise funds.
THE Oyo and Osun state governments have constituted a seven-man Governing Council for Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
They said the council will be headed by a retired Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Prof Oladapo Afolabi.
In a statement yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Olalekan Allli, named Prof Lai Olurode, Prof. (Mrs) Olaide Adedokun, Mr. Abiodun AbdulJelil Owonikoko (SAN), Mr. Isiaka Olagoke, Mr. Tise Adenipekun and Bade Adesina as members of the Governing council.
Alli said Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, acted on the powers conferred on them by the laws establishing the institution as visitors, met and approved the Governing Council of LAUTECH with Prof Afolabi as chairman and pro-chancellor.
The SSG noted that the tenure of the Governing Council, as mandated by the University Law, shall be four years from the date of its inauguration, unless determined by the visitors.
Alli said the visitors also directed the immediate inauguration of the Governing Council, whose mandate “shall also be guided by the provisions of the relevant laws establishing the university”.
He added that the visitors were confident that with this development, the crisis in the institution would be resolved.
The SSG urged the stakeholders to cooperate with the council in its determination to realise its mandate.