By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola has said that the state is still committed to the joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
He stressed that his administration would not relent in its efforts to promote and support things that would strengthen the bond of the joint ownership of the university by Osun and Oyo States.
Oyetola who spoke during the visit of the management of the university led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Michael Ologunde promised more support to the university to maintain its standard.
He said his government remained resolute to meet up with its responsibility as stipulated by the law on the joint ownership of the
university to make the institution a great citadel of knowledge.
Oyetola described the university as a “fortune” to the citizens of Oyo
and Osun states but decried what he described as the “lopsided pace of
infrastructure development” of the university with a large concentration of facilities at the headquarters in Ogbomoso.
According to him, “We have always been committed to LAUTECH. We have always regarded the institution as a joint asset of Oyo and Osun states and we are committed to the ownership structure.
“As we are committed to ensure equitable distribution of resources, so also our administration will continue to support the university to maintain its standard and make it the best citadel of knowledge not only in Nigeria but in Africa.
“Though the bulk of the infrastructure of the university is located at the headquarters (Ogbomoso) as seven and half faculties of the university are located in Ogbomoso while only one faculty is located in Osogbo.
“We are looking up for more infrastructure development that will speak volume of the reality of joint ownership.
“We remain equal partners as affirmed by the Supreme Court judgment which affirms the joint ownership of the institution”, Oyetola said.
The Vice Chancellor commended the administration of Oyetola for prioritizing education as well as being supportive to the development of the university.