By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III has urged Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State to cede the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso to one state and end the joint ownership agreement of the University.
Alaafin who gave this advice while receiving members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo state Council led by its Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola in his palace said there is no way two states can manage higher Institution of this nature successfully in Nigeria.
The University currently owned by both Oyo and Osun states was established in the early 90s and has been in ownership crises in the last few years.
Alaafin who spoke on a wide range of issues including the on-going ASSU warning strike insists that the best way to solve the crisis at LAUTECH Is to end the joint ownership agreement of the university by the two states.
Oba Adeyemi added that the joint ownership agreement between the two states of Oyo and Osun is the source of crises in the institution adding that the issue over the years had undermined the progress of the institution.
He said differences in political parties, ideologies and policies of both states will not allow the two-state governors to agree on some issues that affect the university.
He urged the two governors, Makinde and Oyetola to cede the university to one state and end the joint ownership agreement in order to allow the institution to move forward progressively.
“Two states cannot manage one university successfully. Even when they are from the same political party, they will have different policies.
“The education policies introduced by Aregbesola have been cancelled by Oyetola. So, there is no way two states can manage the university successfully”.
The monarch urged journalists in the country to always be careful in their professional duties.
“Your job is a risky job. Many people who are in government want to associate with you, but it is risky. So I urge you to be up and doing, peace be unto you “
Babalola earlier in his address commended the monarch over his good leadership role in the country.
“We are very glad to be in your palace. Kabiyesi, we appreciate you, we pray that you will continue to play your fatherly role in Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole.”