by Fadoju Babajide
The continued closure of the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) is a very unfortunate issue and the government of Oyo state has been pragmatically working towards resolving the lingering crisis permanently. First, Oyo State government in conjunction with the government of the state of Osun, the 2nd owner state pf the institution, set in motion the auditing of the university. This is very imperative because in the last 6 years 6billion naira has been released to the institution as subventions. Don’t you think the money collected so far should be accounted for when the visitation panel headed by the erudite lawyer, Wole Olanipekun made some stark revelations as regards the financials of the institution?
A day before Gov. Ajimobi’s departure to London to see our recruperating president as part of delegation of the Nigeria’s Governor’s Forum, he had earlier with, Ogbeni Aregbesola, inaugurated a new governing board for the university charging them to return the institution to its glory days and ensure that the school is re-opened within the next few months.
” The visitation panel recently set up to look into issues affecting the institution came up with some recommendations; one of which is to put in place this governing council, which we have done now.The second recommendation is on sustainability of LAUTECH. I can assure you that we are recommitting ourselves to that. Whatever it takes, we will reopen LAUTECH; we will ensure that we carry out a forensic audit of individuals and finances of the institution.Let me again use this opportunity to plead with the workers to please allow reason to prevail. There is nowhere in the world where workers will prevent employers to audit an institution or company. We are pleading that they allow us reposition LAUTECH.”
With those steps and words highlighted above and many more, the governor was not playing to the gallery, he was putting the right machineries in motion to ensure the crisis bedevilling the school was resolved once and for all.
On the visit to London to see President Buhari, do I need to educate the writer that Ajimobi did not choose himself, he was selected by the body of Governors to represent them on such a vital national assignment. It is a known fact that the health of Mr. President has been a topic of discussion dominating the media space. I ask the writer; does he expect the Governor to turn down a national assignment that was geared at stabilizing the polity? Besides, the Governors only visited the president and not settle down permanently with him there.
It is sheer mischief for any right and objectively thinking person to say that the Governor of Oyo state should have declined being a member of the visiting team on the grounds of the Lautech issue which had been promptly attended to even before jetting out of the country.
It should be said loud and clear here that the issue of Lautech is beyond funding, it is a case of to whom much is given, much more is expended. The students of the school have waited for such a long time but they won’t have to wait for longer as an end is in sight for the resolution of the issue that has crippled academic exercise in their school. The efforts at providing long term solution to the institution’s problem would have future generations thank the governor for looking for ways to finding a lasting solution to the issue at hand.
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Fadoju Babajide is the SA to Gov Ajimobi on New and Digital Media