This school is a poor victim of two irresponsible parent state governments.
LAUTECH has a had a reputation for strikes and unrest for over a year now, but there might be a solution.
The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, suffered closure for 7 months in 2016, because lecturers were unpaid. It's why this ridiculous video from Governor Ajimobi of Oyo State got famous.
We need to look at this from the historical perspective.
LAUTECH was established in Oyo State in April of 1990 with Professor Olusegun Ladimeji Oke as the first Vice Chancellor.
The following year, Osun State split from Oyo State, trapping LAUTECH in a dilemma of two separating parents. Since then, LAUTECH became a shared responsibility of both states.
The biggest problem LAUTECH has been having to deal with the occasional irresponsibility of her parent states. It's safe the school the grass caught between two elephants.
What's the solution?
Divorce. This marriage clearly has no future where LAUTECH is of the topmost priority. And we're not the only one who thinks so.
Meet Professor (rtd) Fola Lasisi, the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo.
He blames the recurrent crisis in LAUTECH on the joint ownership of the institution.
He said this in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on the sidelines of the public presentation of a book entitled, ‘ Words of wisdom in 2000 quotes’ authored by Mrs. Rafiat Adetumbi:
“Joint ownership of universities has not worked in many places. When I took over at the Cross River State University. It didn’t work because Akwa Ibom State was created from Cross River State and they were not able to manage that university.
“So, (Gen. Ibrahim) Babangida decided to create the University of Technology for Akwa Ibom because Cross Rivers State already had University of Calabar. Former Governor Clement Isong, who is also a former governor of the Central Bank took a very wise decision that they were having problem running the state university because the two states were unable to work together and because of that the Federal Government should take over the university that was jointly owned.
“That was my own challenge, they now gave it to me to manage and removed it from state control and it succeeded. That was how I became the VC of the University of Uyo. University of Uyo was a successor to the Cross River State University which was jointly owned.”
Also to blame, according to him, is the former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, who built another teaching hospital in Ogbomoso when the school already had one in Osogbo, Osun State.
In all, he asked the two states to find a permanent solution to their problems, for the sake of the future of the students.
Basically what we've been asking to be very honest.