The Government of Oyo State has said that the reactions over Governor Seyi Makinde’s ‘Step Aside’ order included in a press release dated 16th April 2021 that ordered the embattled Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Professor Olufisayo Ologunde, to step aside were misinterpreted intentionally by sections of the public as vengeful scheme.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who acted as the spokesperson for the state government, revealed this to journalists on Monday in his office, said that the letter only ordered the former VC to step aside, he has not been sacked.
Olaleye clarified that the government intentionally did not reveal the reasons for the ‘Step Aside’ order in the press release, adding that the embattled Vice-Chancellor has all the detailed reasons of the government in the letter addressed to him.
The Commissioner for Education chose not to disclose or offer a clue on the government’s reasons for the directive, said that Governor Makinde’s decision was not a vendetta opposed to what is being speculated in some quarters, emphasising that the embattled VC has not been sacked but only ordered to step aside.
He added that the institution’s Governing Council will execute the investigations into the allegations made against the embattled VC as contained in the letter addressed to him, adding that necessary actions shall follow in line with provisions of the established laws of the institution.
“The Governor only directed the embattled VC to step aside, he was not sacked, our reason for not disclosing details of the allegations in our press release was deliberate.
“We can not say because the Governing Council is yet to resume then we will look the other way and allow the institution suffer, that was why he was directed to step aside pending investigations into allegations levelled against him, and in due time the Governing Council will act based on revelations from their investigations.
“We are not unmindful of the established laws of the institution and we have not acted outside of our powers as government, so it is not a vendetta against the former VC,” Olaleye said.
Reacting to his fate, the embattled VC, Professor Ologunde, told journalists who contacted him for comments to go to the institution’s Public Relation Officer (PRO) while admitting that he has accepted the Governor’s decision in good faith.