Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has announced a 25 percent reduction in the tuition fees payable by students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
The governor made the announcement on Tuesday during an interaction with the students in Ogbomoso.
While making the announcement, the governor said the reduction would cut across all students irrespective of their statuses and indigenity.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
He quoted Makinde as saying that he was thankful to the students for according him a warm reception despite the impromptu nature of his visit.
He also stated that he was happy to fulfill the promise of securing the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State.
“I am glad to be back among you. After the 2019 election, I should have returned to say thank you to you but I didn’t want to come until I fulfill what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State.
“Let me tell you, the LAUTECH fee is still the lowest in the entire South-West. Having said that, I will reduce your fee across the board; whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even new students. There will be a reduction of 25 percent across the board,” the governor said.
The governor also inaugurated a High Dependency Unit of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and said that his administration would construct a befitting flyover in Ogbomoso.
He also reassured the re-engaged 170 staff of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital who were relieved of their employment by the previous administration that the current government will pay their five months salary arrears.
The governor said a four-year programme in LAUTECH will not be turned to eight years again.
“Again, if you remember, during my electioneering campaign in 2019, I promised you that we will fix U-Under-Stadium road so that none of our students will get killed on the main road. Now, the road is fixed and you have the street light installed. The securing of the sole ownership of the University means never again will a four-year programme turn into an 8-year programme in LAUTECH,” Makinde said.
– Dissolving LAUTECH Joint-Ownership –
The state governors of Osun and Oyo states in November agreed to dissolve the joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) and Ladoke Akintola College of Health.
LAUTECH’s ownership was then transferred to the government of Oyo State while the College of Health’s ownership was transferred to the government of Osun State.
The decision according to Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Abubakar Rasheed was taken after extensive deliberations, negotiations and consultations
Following the signing of the LAUTECH, Ogbomoso 2020 Bill into law, the state plans to 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.
The Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, 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 while receiving a report of the Oyo 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. He said that the Iseyin campus will open this year.
According to him, following the signing of the LAUTECH, Ogbomoso 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.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor stated these at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
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, 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, stating 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, “put aside all differences, especially partisan politics all through these negotiations.”
Makinde said: “You will recall that I promised that we will announce the creation of a higher institution of learning in Iseyin. A decision has been taken and that decision is that the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences will open its campus in Iseyin this year.
“When we inaugurated this committee on November 27, 2019, we were barely six months in office. We gave the members a clear mandate: to secure a divorce from Osun State in a manner of speaking and get Oyo State sole ownership of LAUTECH. Today, I am happy to officially receive your report. I see that you have returned as brave warriors, having fulfilled your mandate.
“On behalf of myself, the Oyo State Executive Council, the staff and students of LAUTECH, the people of Ogbomoso in particular and the good people of Oyo State as a whole, we say thank you for getting the job done.”
The governor reaffirmed 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.
“Even, when we were on the campaign trail, we had always known that there were no two ways around resolving the incessant strike actions and other issues related to LAUTECH ownership. We had several engagements with stakeholders.
“We were not insisting on parting ways because we do not love our brothers and sisters from Osun State. As I have said on several occasions, this severance of relationship is not going to negatively impact the students and staff from Osun State but it had to be done for the sake of easier administration and to move LAUTECH, as an institution, towards our goal of a world-class university.
“In fairness to all, this was the only solution. So, let me, once again, use this opportunity to thank my brother, the Executive Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, for putting aside all differences, especially partisan politics all through these negotiations. We appreciate his applying wisdom in taking his time for what is best for the staff and students of LAUTECH,” he added.
The governor equally commended the NUC’s versatility during the negotiations, stating 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 causes 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.
“So, it is now time to move forward with our plans. We will apply to the NUC to convert from a University of Technology to a conventional university so that a course such as law can be taught at the institution.
“A lot has gone into the report and we want to give you the assurance that, even though the assignment is finished, we will continue to call on you either individually or collectively to keep on advising us on the path forward for LAUTECH.”
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.”
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.
“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.”
Following the agreement reached by Oyo and Osun states on the ownership status of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), the Oyo state government, says a sum of ₦8 billion would be paid as an asset sharing agreement to Osun State over a period of three years.
The approval, which was conveyed by the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, would be paid in three installments spread over a period of three years.
A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, indicated that Olaleye stated this while briefing newsmen shortly after the Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.
“As a follow-up to the agreement reached with the Osun State government on the issue of sole ownership of LAUTECH, the Executive Council of Oyo State approved today the payment of the sum of ₦8 billion to Osun State government. It will be paid over a period of three years,” the statement read in part.
“The breakdown of the payment goes as follows: one (1) billion Naira will be paid in January 2021 and another one (1) billion Naira will be paid in December 2021. Three (3) billion Naira will be paid in 2022 and the last three (3) will be paid in 2023. This was the decision of the council today.”
Similarly, the Executive Council also approved provision of a tribrid system of power supply consisting of solar, diesel generating set and battery storage for Rural Community Development Centre (RCDC), Awe as an urgent intervention at the sum of N92 million only.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Barr. Temilolu ‘Seun Ashamu, the council resolved to make the intervention on the Rural Community Development Centre, Awe, which is one of the hubs of the state’s Agribusiness development programme.
He said: “At the Exco meeting today, the Council resolved that the Ministry of Energy and Resources will provide an urgent intervention at the Rural Community Development Centre RCDC Awe, which is actually one of the hubs for the agribusiness development of this administration.
“It resolved that the ministry will provide a tribrid system comprising solar, diesel generating set and battery storage for RCDC.”
He also said that the council approved the launch of a bike-sharing scheme codenamed Keke Seyi to facilitate easy transportation within the state secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
The scheme, which is to involve the use of 60 bicycles is being piloted by an indigenous company which will be paid the sum of N750,000 for its services.
He said that the bike-sharing scheme within the Secretariat will be available for use by members of the public and staff of the state.
Ashamu said: “Secondly, the Council approved the implementation of bicycle drive codenamed ‘keke Seyi.’ The bicycles will be piloted in collaboration with OurBikes Nigeria, an indigenous company, which has offered the state its services to come and pilot a bike-sharing scheme within the Secretariat so that the bicycles will be available for use by members of the public and staff of the state.
“About N92 million was approved for the RCDC and that of Keke Seyi is a token amount of N750,000. They (Ourbike Nigeria) will be providing us with 60 bicycles for the pilot, which is to last for three months initially.
“We have members of the public that come into the Secretariat and they walk around. So, the bicycles are there to promote a number of things; ease of traffic within the secretariat and to promote healthy living.
“It is a bike-sharing scheme and what that means is that you can actually enter the Secretariat from any of the entrances, pick any of the bicycles and ride it to wherever you are going. The bicycles will also be made available to Ministries, Department and Agencies so that members of staff can also use the bicycles.
“It is necessary to state that there are protocols and procedures that guide the use of bicycles. It has been in Europe and North America long before it was brought to Africa. We will ensure that all health and safety measures are put in place such that we would not accelerate the spread of coronavirus.”
The Osun State Government on Saturday said that the ceding of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, to Oyo State would not threaten their jobs.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, the state government assured that there will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.
“All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties,” the statement partly read.
“The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.”
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LAUTECH: OSUN ASSURES ITS CITIZENS
The State Government of Osun wishes to assure its citizens that the dissolution of its joint ownership of LAUTECH, following new terms of management spelt out by the National University Commission (NUC), is in no way skewed against the state .
All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.
The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.
Osun Students will also not be subjected to fees or admission differentials. They will pay the same tuition fees as their Oyo counterparts.
The agreement ceded the LAUTECH and all its assets to Osun. Therefore, all landed properties and movable assets located at the College of Health Sciences in Osogbo, including Mercyland Hospital and Ilie are now properties of the State of Osun .
LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, which is an independent organisation, has not been affected by this dissolution, and will therefore continue to render necessary services to our people.
Citizens are therefore advised to continue to cooperate with the government to develop our institutions.
LAUTECH was established in 1990 by the old Oyo State Government with the main campus located in Ogbomoso. The teaching hospital was subsequently established in Osogbo. When Osun State was carved out of the old Oyo State in 1991, both states became joint owners of the institution.
Both Osun and Oyo states have mutually agreed that the joint ownership of LAUTECH be formally dissolved following extensive mediation by the National Universities Commission (NUC), on the need to restore tranquillity and conducive learning environment in both institutions. The decision became necessary as a result of governance and management challenges.
Honorable Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, State of Osun
The National Universities Commission has pledged its commitment to ensuring the full and faithful implementation of the terms of the agreement reached by the Governors of Oyo and Osun states over the Ladoke Akintola University of Science and Technology (LAUTECH).
Addressing a news conference in Abuja the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed applauded the state governments for giving legal effect to the transfer of LAUTECH to Oyo state government and the College of Health Sciences, Osogbo to the Government of Osun state.
“Over the years, the joint ownership arrangement has been characterised by government or management challenges, affecting the appointments of vice-chancellors and other principal officers,” Professor Rasheed said. “And occasionally problems started to show, especially problems to do with the irregular payment of staff salaries.
“In September 2010, when it became obvious that the joint ownership of the institution was an issue, actually, a problem. And in an attempt to resolve these challenges and restore normalcy enable the university focus on achievement of its mission, the NUC then constituted a transition committee to oversee the affairs of the institution for three months.”
Professor Rasheed added that with the dissolution of the joint partnership agreement, LAUTECH will regain its pride of place as a front-line university in the country.
The Owerri Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned what it described as poor academic conditions at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State.
The union highlighted the lack of infrastructure, poor funding and inadequate provision of welfare for staff and students.
Led by the Zonal Coordinator, ASUU Owerri zone, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama, the union, therefore, called on the Oyo and Osun state governments, the joint owners of the institution, to immediately fund the university and address all welfare issues concerning the staff and students.
According to them, they chose not to remain silent on the issues, noting that “an injury to one, is an injury to all”.
Ladoke Akintola University, LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun state, on Thursday was deserted as some Unions under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) Obeyed the National Directive coupled with the public holiday declared by the State Government.
The Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has approved the resumption of activities on the institution’s campuses with effect from tomorrow, Friday, September 15, 2017.
A statement by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Jacob Agboola, said students of the university are expected to return to school on Monday September 25.
But full academic activities are not expected to commence until after the Independence Day anniversary.
The Governing Council thanked the governors of Oyo and Osun states, which jointly own LAUTECH “for agreeing to support the university with necessary funds to enable the university to return to its normal work schedule”.
It appealed to students, staff, parents as well as the general public to demonstrate greater faith and dedication to the wellbeing of the institution.
The university has been closed since 2015 when workers went on strike in protest against inadequate funding of the university and the delayed payment of their salaries.
Students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), have vowed to have another showdown with the managements of the institution over what they described as the unjust closure of their institution for several months.
The students condemned what they described as the nonchalant attitude of the Oyo and Osun State governments who they say turned deaf ears to their demand for the reopening of the university over the past six months.
One of the students, Oyedeji Ahmed, told Channels Television that said some of his mates have died while others have lost hope in education over the past six months of being at home.
“Due to some reasons, some of our students are dead while some have lost hope in education. We are not helpless but hopeless as a result of lack of thought of those at helms of affairs.
“We are so sad and worried about why the government has not taken the necessary step even after the submission of the audit interim report.
“Our greatest fear now is that the release of the proposed fund will take longer than expected because that is when the Governing council can have a discussion with the Unions.
“We are therefore appealing to the two governors to do the needful before the end of this month as that will be the only reason why we would not have to go back to the street again”, he said.
The institution has been closed down for some months due to poor funding of the lecturers since December 2013.
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) Lautech chapter have also joined the nationwide strike thereby prolonging the crisis of the institution.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Osun Council, on Thursday, said it supports the ongoing nationwide strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as it is aimed at restoring quality and standard education in the country.
In a press release issued and signed by the state Chairman of the Congress, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, and Secretary, Mr. Rufus Adeyemi, “ASUU’s strike was precipitated by the breach of 2009/2013 agreement.
“The strike is a worthwhile struggle geared toward the restoration of quality and standard in the public education sector of the country.
“We opine that it will be counterproductive for the government to play politics with a crucial sector that has potential to take the nation out of the wood in the face of unenviable development indices of the nation.
“It must be noted that previous strikes action of this nature when not urgently resolved had led to brain drain which has impacted negatively on the sector.”
The congress said it believes the government of Osun and Oyo states would take proactive steps to nip in the bud, the lingering industrial crisis that has brought Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) to its knee.
The Congress equally said it hoped the Federal Government would, as a matter of utmost urgency, fulfill its own part of the agreement reached with ASUU in other to avert further drifting of the education sector and give room for the various institutions to be reopened for academic business.