LAUTECH Takeover; A Pyrrhic Victory For Oyo | Morufu Smith



Information filtered in as we speak that the Nationwide Universities Fee NUC has ceded Ladoke Akintola Know-how, Ogbomoso, hitherto collectively owned by Oyo and Osun States to Oyo state. Nonetheless, the event is barely newsworthy, it isn’t a chunk of fine information.

LAUTECH had seen its higher days from when it was established in 1990, by way of the army period to the time of former Governors Lam Adesina and Bisi Akande when the establishment was as soon as acclaimed as the perfect college in Nigeria. Funding challenges started for LAUTECH through the governorship tenures of Rashidi Ladoja and Olagunsoye Oyinlola as lecturers had been being owed salaries and allowances whereas there was threatening of strikes. The funding challenges persevered till the tenures of former Governors Adebayo Alao-Akala and Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the previous fought tooth and nail to have LAUTECH ceded to Oyo state, a transfer resisted by Osun’s Olagunsoye Oyinlola. When Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola had been on the helms in Oyo and Osun respectively, LAUTECH’s funding challenges got here to a head, particularly with the biting recession which drastically diminished allocations to states from the federal authorities. Each states couldn’t fulfill their monetary obligations and the varsity was shut down by lecturers for a lot of months. Of their quest to search out practicable options to the LAUTECH funding imbroglio, Ajimobi and Aregbesola referred to as for an investigation into the monetary actions of the establishment. After the investigation, it was revealed that LAUTECH was mentioned to have had a number of financial institution accounts, ninety in precise time period! Senator Ajimobi, particularly felt that LAUTECH ought to be capable to fund itself for the reason that two states might not grant month-to-month subvention to the establishment because of recession. It’s nevertheless not clear whether or not the problem of both Oyo or Osun taking up the varsity was a part of the dialogue in direction of resolving the funding challenges besetting LAUTECH throughout Ajimobi/Aregbesola visitorship.

In the course of the electioneering resulting in the governorship election in Oyo state in 2019, a part of Governor Seyi Makinde’s marketing campaign guarantees was to make sure that Oyo state took over LAUTECH. On resumption as governors, efforts had been made by each Governors Seyi Makinde and Adegboyega Oyetola to resolve the lingering funding points being confronted by the co-owned establishment. A part of the efforts made was the rise at school charges as the scholars of Ladoke Akintola College of Know-how are paying over 100 and seventy thousand naira as college charges. In achievement of his marketing campaign promise, Governor Seyi Makinde apparently made strikes behind the scene which led to ceding the varsity to Oyo by NUC. Nonetheless, if anyone should be hailed and praised for the takeover, it needs to be Governor Oyetola of APC who agreed to the dissolution of the partnership not Seyi Makinde of PDP. Otunba Alao-Akala additionally made strikes because the governor then to have LAUTECH ceded to Oyo state however his Osun counterpart, who coincidentally belonged to the PDP as Alao-Akala, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, didn’t permit the partnership dissolution association to come back to fruition.

In the meantime, why the LAUTECH takeover by Oyo is a pyrrhic victory is as a result of Oyo state doesn’t have the monetary wherewithal to solely spearhead LAUTECH’s funding calls for. Does it sound lifelike and practicable {that a} college troublesome to spearhead financially by two states has been ceded to at least one state to fund? What does Osun state must lose permitting Oyo to hold funding burden of LAUTECH alone? Maybe, nothing! Maybe, just a little loss! What Osun stands to realize by the elimination of LAUTECH’s funding shackles on its neck is the liberating of counterpart subventions it used to pay to the establishment to fund different establishments solely owned by Osun. What does Oyo have to realize having sole possession of LAUTECH? The status of getting a traditional fund-eating college! Reality be instructed, Oyo state has a believable want for a traditional college to be solely owned by it. Osun state already has a thriving college in Osun State College. However the actuality of Oyo’s monetary standing is a large discouragement to proudly owning such college requiring hefty funding. Other than the over 600 secondary colleges which Oyo is making an attempt unsuccessfully to keep up because of monetary constraints, there are different tertiary establishments akin to The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Saki Polytechnic, Emmanuel Alayande Faculty of Schooling and others, wanting as much as the state authorities for monetary sustenance. As we write, tutorial and nonacademic staffers of a few of if not all of the tertiary colleges are on strike. Governor Seyi Makinde seems not able to make these tertiary colleges belonging to the state self reliant regardless of the large charges and levies they gather from freshers and returning college students within the colleges. And, with the takeover of LAUTECH due to political grandstanding by Governor Makinde, Oyo state has taken upon itself extra monetary commitments than it may bear.

Utilizing his monetary ingenuity, late Senator Abiola Ajimobi gave Oyo state a specialised college which constitutes little or no funding burden to the state. Earlier than drums of rejoice are rolled out to have a good time Oyo’s ‘new catch’, there’s a want to contemplate the monetary calls for of managing LAUTECH in sole phrases. If the LAUTECH chapter of ASUU is aware of what’s good for them, they need to deploy all methods of unionism to withstand this burdened takeover. A state of affairs is imminent that LAUTECH tends to be again to worsening funding challenges which can threaten its survival and existence. The funding imbroglio that characterised LAUTECH when two guests managed it is going to be a toddler’s play in comparison with the rot that may experience roughshod on it having one customer.

LAUTECH can solely be made thriving when the partnership between Oyo and Osun stands whereas the varsity itself should be made to maintain itself. If the varsity can’t be made to generate income for the 2 states, it ought to at the least pay salaries and allowances of its tutorial and non-academic staff.

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