LAUTECH: Oyinlola meets Alao-Akala today

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LAUTECH: Oyinlola meets Alao-Akala today

Post  nex on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:28 am

GOVERNOR Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State will meet his Oyo State counterpart, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, today over the lingering Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) ownership crisis.
The crisis had led to the National Universities Commission (NUC), threatening to withdraw the operational licence of the university, if the owners did not resolve their differences within two weeks.
But, to prevent this, the two governors have agreed to meet in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to resolve their misunderstanding.
This was coming on the heels of a phone call made to Alao-Akala by Oyinlola yesterday, pleading with him to let them save the future of thousands of students of the institution.

Oyinlola had told opinion leaders in Osogbo under the aegis of Osun Forum, who were on a courtesy call on him, that he phoned his Oyo State counterpart at noon yesterday on the need for the two states to see that the university did not die and that both of them had agreed to meet today on the way out of the crisis.
He had earlier in the morning promised the final year medical students of the institution, under the aegis of LAUTECH Medical Students Association, led by their President, Gbenga Akintunde, who visited him at the Government House, Osogbo, that he would initiate peace moves once again with his Oyo State counterpart in the interest of thousands of students and workers of the institution.
Oyinlola, however, stressed that he would be failing in his duty as the governor of the Living Spring State, if he folded his arms while the joint property was being appropriated by Oyo State.
The students had urged the governor to employ his skills as a peace-maker to resolve the crisis, saying that the NUC statement was a potential threat against their future.
Oyinlola, who sympathised with the students, said his government had always toed the line of peace in the matter, noting that as a father, he believed nothing should be done to truncate the future of the students.
He noted that the university was founded 20 years ago when both himself and Alao-Akala did not know they would one day become governors.
He said both of them owed the past and the future the duty of keeping the university alive.
Oyinlola promised to explore other peace options to save the university from the impending NUC sanction.
Alao-Akala had earlier visited Oyinlola at the Government House, Osogbo, for a breakfast talk a few days ago on the way forward over the vexed issue.
The Oyo State helmsman said both of them should pursue the honourable path and make the welfare of the students paramount in all that they do, while blaming the media for grandstanding over the issue.
While also visiting Alao-Akala in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Akintunde, and his executive members lauded his vision.
Replying, the governor assured the students that despite the media attention the crisis generated, they would not suffer any academic disadvantage, stressing that the distraction is only a matter of time.
Meanwhile, Osun State Government has stressed that the appointment of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran, as the university’s Acting Vice- Chancellor by the Visitor (Oyinlola) was normal and regular as enshrined in the edict that set up the institution, more so when there was no Governing Council for the university as the term of the last council had expired since March 22, 2008.
It also said it would not allow “illegal persons and bodies” to run the affairs of the university, even as it disclosed that it had got a letter from Alao-Akala, declaring himself as the permanent Visitor of LAUTECH.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Lasisi Olagunju, in reaction to reports that Ojediran had declined the offer, explained that the Osun State Government understood the circumstances under which he was made to decline to act two days after he got the appointment letter.
The statement added that asking Ojediran to act was an administrative procedure made expressly automatic by the university’s statutes, adding that with the decision to reject the offer last Wednesday, the university no longer had a legal vice-chancellor.
Olagunju added that it was in an effort to avoid usurpers claiming the vice-chancellorship of the institution that the makers of the university’s laws made it clear and automatic that the deputy vice-chancellor should act as the vice-chancellor whenever the latter proceeds on leave, or is otherwise unable to function for whatever reason.
The statement noted that Oyinlola as the Visitor intervened by invoking the relevant laws to save the university from the needless embarrassment of not having a vice- chancellor and one being run by an illegal Council, the term of which expired two years ago.

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