The National Executives Committee of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Alumni Association has commended the Governors of Oyo and Osun states, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Prof. Oladapo Afolabi-led Governing Council for their intervention and leadership capability displayed in resolving the staff/management crisis within six weeks of inaugurating a new set of Council members.
This commendation was contained in a Press Release issued by the National President and Secretary, Chief Babajide Bewaji and Kamal Oloso on the determination of the governing council after due consultation with the two governors, to reopen the university by September 15th, 2017. In their words, “it is imperative for us as the majority stakeholder of the LAUTECH project, to lend our voices of commendations to the Oyo and Osun state governments for the assurances and high hopes reenacted that our alma mater will be consciously reawakened back to active and functional academic state through the release of subvention to cater for 6 months salaries of the striking unions.”
“We are also mindful of the visitors’ painstaking selection of highly cerebral and progressive-minded individuals to reposition the university during this trying period. This is in furtherance of their demonstration and firm belief that the legacies and ideals of the founding fathers of LAUTECH must not be ruptured or allowed to wither away. They have been able to sustain the LAUTECH dream in a more redefined manner for transparency and accountability through their insistence on a thorough forensic auditing of the university books.
“Our moments of waiting, dashed hopes and frustration over the months is gradually coming to a halt, as the fatherly and mature conduct of Prof. Oladapo Afolabi and other council members in handling the KPMG auditing, workers’ agitation and demands, promulgation of sustainable development plans to make LAUTECH independent in fashioning a more robust and sustainable path as obtained in advanced universities of the world is considered very remarkable.
“We have been assured by Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola after a thoroughly presented analysis by Mr Jide Bewaji at the Osun State Government House on the KPMG audit report, mechanism for growth patterns and sustainability which was welcomed with a resounding applause, all in a bid to enable students return back to classrooms next week with registration of second semester commencing September 25th.
“We shall continue to offer constructive and workable solutions in the enhancement of technology-driven innovation for our institution, our continuous partnership with the Governors will remain cordial and open for creative models in ensuring excellence and service to Nigeria and the world at large. This is our solemn vow to all our alumni members, students, parents, host communities and members of staff to pilot the affairs of the association successfully and return it to its erstwhile status of the best state-owned university in Nigeria and the whole of the West African region.”