The Oyo State House of Assembly has summoned the state Ministry of Justice and its Education counterpart to appear on September 27 over the ownership status of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
This followed a motion by Olawunmi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North/LP) and co-sponsored by nine other lawmakers at the plenary session on Thursday.
The motion was entitled: “Reviewing the Joint Ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology: A Step toward Sole Ownership by Oyo State Government.”
Oladeji said the move would address the critical issues and crisis bedeviling the institution following refusal of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, a co-owner, to fulfill his state’s financial responsibility to the institution.
She said: “Osun State Government has defaulted, particularly in the payment of salaries of the institution’s members of staff for about 15 months.
“This has made it difficult for the smooth-running of LAUTECH.”
Oladeji said that such action has threatened the joint ownership of the institution.
She added: “The Internally Generated Revenue of the institution, which is meant for the payment of gratuity, pension of retirees, as well as other developmental projects within the university, has been depleted.
“This is due to the fact that the money is being used for the payment of workers’ salaries.
“This, calls for the total hand-off of Osun Government from running of the university and allows the Oyo State Government to take charge of sole and full ownership.”
The Chairman, House Committee on Parliamentary Matters, Olusegun Ajanaku (Ibadan South-West II/APC), said the issue of LAUTECH was a national matter.
Ajanaku said it was an issue that requires more of underground work between the two parties involved.
The lawmaker, therefore, urged the people of Ogbomoso to be patient and give room for amicable resolution of the issue between the two parties.
In his remarks, Speaker Michael Adeyemo said the best way to resolve the matter was to know and understand the position of the state Ministry of Justice on the October 23, 2010 Memorandum of Understanding.
Adeyemo urged the State’s Attorney-General to appear before the Assembly to clear some grey areas over legal actions so far taken by both states in resolving the institution’s persistent crisis.
Co-sponsors of the motion include: the Deputy Speaker, Musah Abdulwasi (Saki West/APC), and the Majority Leader, Kehinde Subair (Ibadan South-West I/APC).
Others include Peter Oyetunji (Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa/LP), Akeem Oladipo (Ibadan North West/APC) and Jimoh Akintunde (Ibarapa North and Central/APC).
Other co-sponsors are: Afeez Adeleke (Iseyin/Itesiwaju/APC), Fatai Adesina (Ibadan South East I/Accord) and Lukman Balogun (Oorelope/LP).
LAUTECH was established on April 23, 1990 and has a staff strength of about 3,000.