The new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, at a press conference in Osogbo Monday, has announced that the university will reopen for normal activities in some days’ time.
Afolabi, alongside other new members of the Governing Council of the university, stated that the new council was close to finding a lasting solution to the problems that have kept the institution closed for a little over a year.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin and other principal officers of the university as well as members of the Governing Council including Prof. Lai Olurode were present at the press conference.
The new chairman, who is a former Head of Service of the Federation and a professor of chemistry said he was optimistic of early resolution of the crisis while stressing that he and other members of the council had expressed their determination to restore the lost glory of LAUTECH.
Afolabi said, “We had our inaugural meeting at the main campus in Ogbomoso on August 9, 2017, and charted for ourselves a 90-day action plan which has started in earnest. For instance, consultations have been held with the various unions, parent forum and traditional rulers.
“We have also engaged the auditing firm, KPMG, and as I address you here, I make bold to inform you that we are expecting an interim report from the firm in a matter of days. It is this report we will be presenting to the visitors to the university. We have high hope that submission of this relief would go a long way in midwife get a lasting solution to the problems of LAUTECH.
“From various interactions of the council with the diverse stakeholders, we have realized that we are on the same page, working towards the same goal, which is that. The Council should spare no efforts to get the university reopen for students to continue with their studies and move on with their academic pursuit. The students have pledged their cooperation to abide by any decision taken if that would make the university to work again.”