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Visitor to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and newly re-elected governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, has described as mischievous and confused those agitating that the institution adopts single, against the joint ownership status that it is enjoying at the moment.
Speaking during a visit to him in Osogbo, by members of the Governing Council and the management team of the institution, the governor who traced the history of the people of Oyo and Osun States to over a thousand years regretted that an artificial division foisted on the people barely twenty five years ago could not be strong enough to separate the cultural, spiritual, historical and religious cords that bind them togeth er.
Aregbesola in tracing the history of LAUTECH said there was no ground for the promotion of hostility between people of the hosting states, adding that there was nothing suggesting that the people of the two states would be separated as at the time of conceptualizing the institution, maintained that the present ownership status was best for its the growth.
He called on the Professor Dapo Afolabi led technical committee on the review of existing knotty issues affecting the effectiveness collaboration of the two states on LAUTECH to expedite action so that the institution can enjoy the best of its unique ownership status.
According to him, “LAUTECH was built to promote the highest development and capital management expertise in our people, it remains the symbol of our togetherness and if we must realize the dreams of a special legacy in education, especially as it was dreamt by the founding fathers of the institution, we must realize that no single state in this federation can fund the kind of education that they thought of in establishing that university.
“To me, what that translates to is that if the total budget of the two owner states is not up to the budget of Harvard University alone, there can never be alternative to joint ownership of LAUTECH, going by the type of institution that the founding fathers conceptualized to provide the standard of functional education that dreamt of”, he said.
Earlier in his remark, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of LAUTECH, Professor Wale Omole (OFR),told the gorvernor that the team had come to show solidarity with the governor on his victory at the poll of August 9, 2014, and thank him for the support that the institution had enjoyed from him.
Professor Omole,while describing the election as one fought and won by God,called on the governor to continue to show strong belief in the ability of the University of Technology to deliver the mandate for which it was established