The Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin has said the ceding of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso to Oyo State by the National Universities Commission, NUC was a fulfiment of the campaign promise made by Governor Seyi Makinde in 2019.
The Speaker who stated this while addressing members of staff of LAUTECH under the aegis of Oyo State Forum who paid a thank you visit to the House of Assembly, Secretariat, Ibadan, noted that the unique leadership style and the determination of Governor Seyi Makinde to serve the people of Oyo State has again been rewarded with the handing over of the institution to the pacesetter State.
Speaker Ogundoyin also noted since the institution is now fully owned by Oyo State, the present administration will focus on ways to transform the university as well as addressing its challenges.
He said, ”May I also specially appreciate members of Oyo State Forum in LAUTECH for this visit which was to thank us and also commend Governor Seyi Makinde for this monumental achievement. I remember that we started receiving reports on the crises in LAUTECH immediately we were sworn in. I can say that many resolutions calling on the Executive arm of Government to address the issue of LAUTECH ownership as well as that of the disengaged staff of the institution were passed and forwarded to the Governor by the House.”
“Today history has been made. The battle has been won and the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde has etched his name in gold. What the previous administration found impossible was achieved by the People’s Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde.”
He urged the members of staff of the university, students and residents of Ogbomoso to key into the developmental vision of the State Government which is aimed at totally repositioning the University by making it one the best state owned and technologically driven institutions in the country.
Other Lawmakers who also received the LAUTECH staff ,were the Majority Leader, Hon Sanjo Adedoyin, Hon Wumi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North) and Hon Simeon Oyeleke (Ogo Oluwa/Surulere), who also described the full take over of LAUTECH by Oyo State as a commendable feat.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State LAUTECH workers led by their Vice President, Prof Olaniyi Joel Oyekunle, who said they came to express gratitude to the leadership of the Oyo State House of Assembly for identifying with them in the wake of the crisis which rocked the Institution, appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to ensure prompt payment of salary of staff, approve more funding for the university and also upgrade infrastructure there so that it can move from glory to glory.