Governor Seyi Makinde has promised not to fire the Osun Indians who work at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
He also said there should be no discrimination of any kind based on the institution’s new ownership status.
The governor declared that the state now has a chance to restore the university’s lost glory.
The governor also maintained that real work has already begun to reposition the university and bring it back to the glorious days when it was awarded the best state university.
A statement from the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor stated this while speaking at the Fresh FM Political Circuit, based in Ibadan, on Saturday.
The statement added that Governor Makinde thanked his Osun state counterpart, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, for his cooperation during all discussions.
He also claimed that with the amicable end of joint ownership, a situation that has bogged down the university for years, he was ready to reposition the institution in accordance with his campaign promise.
He added that the Oyo state under his supervision will easily reposition the school for excellence, noting that his administration’s push to industrialize the state will get the much-needed boost with an effectively managed university of technology like LAUTECH.
He said, “So, we give God all the glory. Now the real work begins because we have to make sure that the university is properly funded so that it contributes to the economy of Ogbomoso in particular and the state of Oyo in general.
“If we say that we want to industrialize the state and we have a technology university that adds value in Ogbomoso, the industrialization effort can advance very quickly.”
The governor further stated that the state of Oyo is ready to fully assume LAUTECH’s financial responsibilities, as it has been doing since the beginning of 2020.
He said the state government has allocated sufficient funds to the institution in the 2021 budget, adding that his administration will continue to fulfill its responsibilities at the institution.
According to him, his administration is known for putting its money where its mouth is.
He added: “The arrangement we made when we arrived in May 2019, was that the Oyo state will generally fund the University from January to June and then the Osun state will fund it from July to December.
“We had to intervene a couple of times last year, and between May and December we had to intervene to make the university work.
“I, already, indicated that we wanted to take control and because of that, Osun felt why they should be putting their money and the negotiation was still going on?
“So for this year 2020, Oyo State has been funding only LAUTECH. After our January to June period since July, we have been funding LAUTECH only basically and appropriating enough money in the 2021 budget to continue to do so.
“So, we anticipated that we were going to get to this position and we are putting our money where our mouth is.”
Makinde, who described Oyetola as a statesman, also said that there is neither winner nor loser in the arrangement that has seen the National University Commission (NUC) transfer ownership of LAUTECH solely to the state of Oyo.
He added that the situation is beneficial to both states, even as he urged university staff to never discriminate against members of the workforce who are of extraction from Osun state, saying: “Now, there is no Oyo Forum or Osun Forum anymore. , is the LAUTECH Forum and should be focused on the production and growth of the university ”.
The governor added that the winners in the latest development are the institution’s students and their stakeholders who can now have a stable environment that is conducive to learning and research, and stated that he will visit Ogbomoso soon to meet with stakeholders.
“Well the only winners now are the students and the university stakeholders because now they can get a stable university environment that is conducive to learning and research.
“So, they can go ahead and do it, but between Governor Oyetola and me, there is neither winner nor loser. We just want our children to be able to go to school and also contribute their own quota to the development of the state and our country.
“It is a mutual benefit for everyone; for students, teachers and interest groups. Now, the main problem has been eliminated. So, they have no reason to stop standing out.
“I will also take this opportunity to thank my brother, the Governor of Osun State, for his cooperation and for being a statesman.
“When we were campaigning, I remember my opponent saying then that higher education shouldn’t be something you don’t pay for and should be commercialized.
“It was a huge point of disagreement between us at the time and we maintained, and continue to believe to this day, that higher education should be affordable.
“So when we arrived on May 29, 2019, we discovered that LAUTECH students, instead of spending 4 or 5 years in a program, had spent almost twice that and it was not the fault of the students, but of some people. who benefit from a bad system.
“I appealed to my brother [Governor Oyetola] and told him that we have to solve this problem. Let’s put our egos aside. University is of the universal name; I told him that we had to let the institution live up to its name.
“He saw reasons with me and we were able to come together and figure it out.”