Since the State governments aren't interested in them anymore, perhaps the Federal Government will do better.
Frustrated students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology took their protests to the National assembly, demanding a takeover of their school.
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, has for most of its lifetime been managed by the Osun and Oyo States University. Sole-management was with Oyo State until Osun was carved out of it.
The students' demand to the House of Assembly was for the Federal Government to takeover the management and funding of the University.
So far, the two parent state governments have done a horrible job at it. In fact, industrial action has kept them in the same level since 2015. To put it clearly, a 400-level student in 2015, is still a 400 level student.
There's an even bigger problem.
You know how two parents separate and go on to start new lives. Then both of them go on to have their own kids, leaving the child they had together hanging, almost parentless. That's the case of LAUTECH.
The Oyo State Government very recently commissioned its Technical University in Ibadan. While Osun State has its own State University.
"They've left us hanging," a student told us.
The biggest problem remains funding, and it appears Oyo and Osun are irresponsible parents.
President of the Students Union Government (SUG) of LAUTECH, Comrade Bakare Solace Olateinde, said at the protest:
“The 500 level and other students in junior levels have remained in the same level since 2015.”
"Our alumni always recount their experiences to us as they are always being faced with genuine shock and barefaced humbling, that despite their good results and the standard of the institution from which they had graduated from, they are always being met with rejection at the labour market, due to age factor, which was solemnly due to time wastage and delay before completion of their academic education.”
“We hereby, passionately appeal to the federal government to consider our appeal to save the lives and future of over thirty five thousand (35,000) students of this citadel of learning, ”
It's quite clear, even to a blind person, that this university has no future at the hands of the states government.
There has been no official statement from the House of Assembly on the matter.