Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has disclosed that the State will commence the push to make the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, a conventional University.
The Governor, who spoke on Thursday, February 11, 2021, while receiving a report of the State negotiating committee on the Institution, added that the Government will equally move the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences of the Institution to Iseyin.
According to him, following the signing of the LAUTECH 2020 Bill into law, the State would apply to necessary authorities to change the University from a Technology University to a conventional University, so that it could be strengthened and enabled to handle other courses outside the technology bracket.
According to a statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the decision to open the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences campus of LAUTECH is coming seven days after Governor Makinde declared in Iseyin that in six weeks, he would fulfill his electioneering promise of siting a Higher Institution of learning in the historical city.
While speaking at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, Governor Makinde said the Committee, led by Prof. Ayodeji Omole, was assigned the responsibility of dissolving the joint ownership of LAUTECH between Oyo and Osun States about fifteen months ago, noting that members of the Committee have fulfilled their mandate.
The Governor appreciated the Committee for getting the job done, while also lauding its Osun State counterpart, by Prof. Olu Aina, as well as the Governor of Osun State, Chief Gboyega Oyetola, who, he said, “puts aside all differences, especially partisan politics all through these negotiations.”
The Governor re-affirmed that parting ways with Osun State on LAUTECH was not borne out of animosity but out of a desire to see LAUTECH realise its vision of being a world class University.
The Governor equally commended the NUC’s versatility during the negotiations; noting that having signed the LAUTECH, Ogbomoso Bill 2020 into law, the State would apply to the NUC to convert LAUTECH from a University of Technology to a conventional University so that other courses could be taught.
He assured the negotiation Committee on LAUTECH that the State would thoroughly explore the recommendations of the committee, saying: “I want to commend the versatility of the NUC on the negotiations. I am pleased to say that I have signed the LAUTECH, Ogbomoso Bill 2020 into law.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Omole appreciated the Governor for the privilege accorded the Committee to serve the State, stating that “LAUTECH is now fully owned by the people of Oyo State of Nigeria.”
Prof. Omole said: “The State civil service can boast of top-notch professionals, who are competent in their various fields. In an attempt to cut costs in the process of negotiation, the exorbitant bill that was presented for the consultant on the evaluation of the University from 2010 to 2020 was turned down. Rather, each State composed a team of professionals from the civil service to form a Technical Committee and Valuation of Assets. I want to say the negotiation was conducted without losing focus and candour. Let me put it on record that the two co-opted members of our committee were of immense benefit to our team. Their experiences in administration and conflict management became timely when the negotiation almost broke down in the face of obvious disagreement, uncomfortable realities and unrealistic expectations.”
He added that: “The Oyo State’s team was simply fantastic and terrific. To the glory of God and to the joy of the people of this State, with your confidence and support for the committee, coupled with your exemplary and nothing-is-impossible approach to leadership, the committees thrived resolutely, confidently and successfully to achieve this mandate.