The Oyo and Osun State Governments have pledged commitment to the joint ownership arrangement of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in accordance with its establishment laws.
The pledged was part of the resolution reach by both governments at the end of a meeting held at the Oyo State Governor’s office on Wednesday evening in Ibadan.
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, who spoke to newsmen after the meeting, appealed to academic staff of the institution to resume activities while governments address their grievances.
Ajimobi announced the setting up of a visitation panel, to be headed by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
He said that the panel was vested with powers to review the current terms of engagement with a view of consolidating the joint ownership.
Other members of the panel are Mr Rasheed Afolabi (Osun), Prof. (Mrs) Akinola (Osun), Prof. Sola Fajana (Osun), Dr Tunji Olaopa (Oyo), Prof. Ayo Salami (Oyo) and Mr S. A. Raji (Oyo).
Mrs A. O. Makanjuola, the Permanent Secretary, of the Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, will serve as Secretary of the panel.
The Olanipekun panel is expected to conduct an audit of the institution’s sources and application of funds.
It is also to propose strategies for overall improvement of quality of education and service delivery of the institution.
The governor said that both governments regretted the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution.
They restated their commitment to moving the institution forward.
“We have both agreed on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution to ensure fair and effective development.
“We also agreed on the distribution of academic resources, physical structures and other assets of the university across the two states to achieve national, regional and global reckoning,’’ Ajimobi said.
He added that both governments resolved to rededicate their efforts towards the development of mutually beneficial goals that would further cement their bond of friendship and brotherhood.
They enjoined residents, stakeholders, students, teachers and workers in the respective states to go about their lawful duties.
The owner governments urged them to resist any temptation to take laws into their hands, saying anyone found erring would face the full wrath of the law.
It would be recalled that LAUTECH was established as Oyo State University in May 28, 1990 by the then Military Administrator of the old Oyo State, Col. Sasaenia Oresanya.
In 1991 when the state was bifurcated into Oyo and Osun State, the institution was renamed as Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
The institution had in recent times faced the challenges of funding from its owner states, which they hinged on the economic challenges bedeviling the nation.