IN furtherance of its efforts to find an enduring solution to the challenges facing its alma mater, the Alumni Association of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso has called on the Chancellor to the University, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency to intervene in the matter by facilitating a meeting with the visitors of the University with a view to finding a permanent solution to the crisis rocking the citadel of learning, just as its urged the Federal Government to take over the ownership of the University in the events that the visitors continue to show lack of financial capacity to run the University.
The Association made this clarion call yesterday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital while addressing a press conference to make public its positions on the incessant crisis.
Also, an appeal was made to the owner-State Governors of Oyo and Osun to pay all the outstanding subventions owed the institution which is to the tune of N7 Billion, and commence regular payment of monthly subventions as and when due, the Alumni Association, also admonished
The association further condemned the unfortunate incidents of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2017 respectively when the students locked the University gate against JAMB candidates scheduled to write their exams within the school premises.
According to its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Owoyokun Samson, “we understand that the students’ action was borne out of frustration on the effect of the strike action on their future. We therefore apologise to the candidates, JAMB Management and the entire public on the untold hardship and embarrassment the action might have caused them.
“In a similar vein, the alumni association in strong unequivocal terms, condemns the despicable action of a section of the students that went on rampage and distastefully displayed the obituary of a living Vice-Chancellor. We find this act as barbaric and a display of poor character. We therefore seize this opportunity to express our unalloyed support for the University Management under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor Professor Adeniyi Sulaiman Gbadegesin, for performing exceedingly well in managing the affairs of the University, and earnestly prays that he lives long to enjoy the fruits of his labour in good health and wealth”, he continued.
The association, however requests that the white paper on the report of the visitation panel submitted to the Government on 10th February, 2017 be made public without any further delay.
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