LAUTECH Receives 500 Million Naira From Oyo, Osun States

LAUTECH Receives 500 Million Naira From Oyo, Osun StatesThe Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Professor Suleiman Gbadegesin, on Monday said that the institution had received 500 million naira from the governments of Osun and Oyo state for the payment of outstanding staff salary.

Gbadegeshin disclosed this when he appeared before the State House of Assembly to defend the University’s N9.9 billion budget for 2017 in Osogbo.

He said that the institution received a credit alert of 250 million naira each from Osun and Oyo government.

While thanking Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and his Oyo counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi for their efforts in ensuring reopening of the university, he said the money would go a long way in resolving the arrears of staff salary in the institution.

LAUTECH staff had been on strike in the last eight months over nonpayment of salary arrears.

The university is jointly owned and funded by Osun and Oyo State Government.

In his remarks, the House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Kamil Oyedele, said the Assembly would continue to give its support for growth and development of the university.

 

Osun: Muslim Female Workers Insist On Hijab For Data Capturing

Osun: Muslim Female Workers Insist On Hijab For Data CapturingThe Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has been asked to call the agent recruited to do the data capturing for workers in the state to order.

The agent, Chams Ltd, a private firm has been accused of denying female Muslims their “right to freedom of religion and dressing”.

Those who spoke to Channels TV correspondent alleged that Chams was forcing them to remove their head cover for data capturing in the ongoing screening exercise, embarked upon by the state.

One of those who claimed to have been a victim (name withheld), said she was asked to open her head which she declined and her refusal to remove the hijab made the agency deny her the right to do the screening.

“I explained to them that I’ve been doing screening and I’ve never been forced to open my hijab,” she said.

Another woman who claimed to be a staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, LAUTECHTH, stated that she was sent away because she refused to remove her hijab.

According to her, “Some sisters complied and they opened their hijab but because I did my National Identity Card and Voters Card, nobody asked me to open my hijab. That is why I refused.

“They didn’t attend to me till I left after 5PM on Monday. I think the Governor should call them to order and stop humiliating us.”

Another staff of the state government, who simply identified herself as Rahmat, described a similar scenario.

“I don’t know why I would compromise my religion because of mere data capturing that I’ve been doing for a long time.

“I believed that Chams was appointed by the government to screen and not to humiliate Muslims. I would not take it easy if they insist that I should remove my hijab because I will still go back,” Rahmat stated.

Meanwhile, Chams has refused to react on the matter as their boss said he has reported the matter to the appropriate authority.

He asked his workers to direct our correspondent to the Finance Building in the state government office.

However, when our correspondent got to the office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, he sent one of the staff that he could not react to the issue.

It was gathered that the LAUTECH Muslim community has taken over the issue as their Chairman reportedly said that they were ready to take up the case officially if the complaints persist.

Meanwhile, the head of Chams Ltd in Osogbo has also promised that the Muslims and others would be allowed to do the capturing without uncovering their hair.

LAUTECH Reopens January Ending, Ajimobi Tells Protesting Students

LAUTECH Reopens End Of January – AjimobiBusiness and commercial activities were disrupted for hours on Monday in Ibadan as students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) took to the streets protesting the closure of the school since May 2017.

The students in their hundreds stormed the Oyo state secretariat demanding to see the Governor to explain why the school has remained unopened for eight months despite all entreaties.

Reacting to the protest, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi described the protest as needless as efforts are underway to re-open the institution latest by the end of the January.

He said a meeting had been scheduled between the two governors, the management of the institution and the labour unions in the school for Wednesday, January 11 for final deliberations that would lead to the opening of the school.

Governor Ajimobi said the two states are looking for every opportunity to improve on the quality of education and provide a conducive learning environment for the students in the state.

Gov, Ajimobi further disclosed that as a result of series of consultation among all stakeholders, Oyo state Government in collaboration with the Government of the  state of Osun have agreed to raise the sum of 500 million Naira for the immediate re opening of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

While responding to questions from the students regarding a possible increment in school fee, Governor Ajimobi said a visitation panel headed by Wole Olanipekun SAN had been set up to look into all issues that will enhance a smooth running of the school.

He stressed that their recommendations would determine the position of Government on school fees.

Governor Ajimobi who frowned at the manner with which the protest was carried out, however admonished the students to shun all manner of unruly behaviour, respect constituted authority and be ready to engage through dialogue and consultations.

The Governor made the same promise in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Yomi Layinka, after a meeting with the national, zonal and state leadership of the students’ unions in his office, three days earlier.

FG Advised To Allocate More Funds To Health Sector

Health, RecessionThe Nigerian Government has been advised to improve on its funding of the health sector projects and schemes to benefit citizens, particularly the less privileged in the face of the recession.

The Provost at the College of Medicine, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Professor Oluwadiya Kehinde, made the recommendation while delivering a lecture in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

He noted that health programmes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) should be strengthened, to allow people in the rural areas get affordable medical treatment.

The Provost said since recession has reduced the purchasing power of the people, the intervention of government was essential for them to access health facilities.

He noted that Nigeria’s economic situation has led to increase in the prices of drugs, saying the situation has made people who could not afford them go for cheaper ones which he said were mostly counterfeits.

Professor Oluwadiya encouraged the resident doctors to continue to uphold professionalism in rendering medical service to their ailing patients and also make positive use of the period.

The event was the annual meeting of members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECHTH) where they deliberated on the effect of Nigeria’s economic challenges on the health sector.

The theme for this year’s meeting is the “Impact of Present Economic Challenges on Health Indices in Nigeria and Medical Practice in Nigeria as a Whole”.

The ARD LAUTECHTH President, Dr. Adeyinka Owolabi, said the need to encourage members in understanding Nigeria’s current status informed the topic and the gathering.

LAUTECH Crisis: Oyo, Osun Commit To Maintaining Joint Ownership

LAUTECHOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola have finally met to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis facing Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH).

The meeting, which was also attended by their deputies, Moses Alake Adeyemo (Oyo) and Titi Laoye-Tomori (Osun), and other top officials of both states, took place at the State Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

A communiqué signed by the two governors, which was read by Gov. Ajimobi after a four-hour meeting, restated both states’ irrevocable commitment to the continued joint ownership of the institution.

He announced the setting up of a visitation panel headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun, as a follow-up to the meeting.

Other members of the panel are Hon. Rasheed Afolabi, Prof. Grace Akinola and Prof. Sola Fajana, representing Osun State; while Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Prof. Ayo Salami, Mr. Ayo Raji, and Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola (Secretary) were named as representatives of Oyo State.

The panel was saddled with the task of reviewing the current terms of engagement between the two owner states with a view to consolidating the joint ownership, as well as to conduct an audit into the institution’s sources and application of funds.

The wise men and women would also be expected to propose strategies for the overall improvement in the quality of education and service delivery in the institution.

Ajimobi said, “The meeting regrets the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution and restates commitment to moving the institution forward.

“In view of the historical affinity and long relationship between the two states of Oyo and Osun, the meeting resolves to rededicate all efforts towards the development of mutually beneficial goals that will further cement the bond of friendship and brotherhood between them.

“As brothers, sisters and family members of the same Yoruba ancestry, the meeting agreed that this should be a time of consolidation between the states rather than a time of fragmentation.

“Consequently, the meeting agreed to an irrevocable commitment to joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.”

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The Governor declared that both states agreed that comprehensive restructuring was inevitable in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning by the institution, while he cautioned residents of the two states and other stakeholders to eschew any form of violence.

The communiqué also appealed to the academic staff members currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while the owner states sought for amicable and sustainable solutions to the lingering crisis that had pitted indigenes of both states against one another.

Ajimobi added, “We agreed on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution to ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and assets of the university across the two states.

“This is in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning. We appeal to the academic staff who are currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while amicable solutions are being worked out to sort their grievances.

“We enjoin all residents of the two states, as well as other stakeholders, including students, teachers and workers to go about their lawful duties and resist any temptation to take the laws into their hands. The meeting warned that anyone or group that does otherwise will face the full wrath of the law.”