By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Forum of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest to Governor’s office, Secretariat, Ibadan demanding that Oyo state government take full ownership of the institution jointly owned by Oyo and Osun States.
Scores of the forum during the peaceful protest described the Joint ownership of LAUTECH as an unproductive venture that affecting the progress of the institution the future of its students.
The protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions such as “insincerity on the part of Osun government, Oyo has fulfilled its part till June this year”, ” No more joint ownership”, ” No more joint Ownership” ,”Seyi Makinde save our souls” among others
Speaking with newsmen, the leader of the forum, Chief Adewuyi Adediran explained that Osun state government was not ready to fulfill its part on LAUTECH agreement which he said was affecting the payment of workers’ salaries of the institution.
Adediran stated that full ownership of the institution by Oyo state government would bring an end to the incessant strike action slowing educational activities in the institution.
Addressing the protesters, the Commissioner for Education in Oyo state, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin noted that Oyo state government was taking necessary measures to resolve the issue of LAUTECH amicably.
Professor Sangodoyin, however, appealed to the staff of LAUTECH to take caution on impending strike not to further hinder the academic calendar of the institution.
He also urged them not to take laws in their hands and see their colleagues from Osun State in the institution as their brothers and sisters adding that the state government will look into their plights