After over 8months of strike action and agitation, it seems a solution is quite in sight for the student and staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH). The two governing state of the institution, Oyo and Osun state governments have promised to remit a total sum of N500Million to the institution.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State had disclosed this during a meeting with the student leaders. Following this development, the Governor had further assured the students on the reopening of the institution, which had been shut for over eight months, before the end of January.
Both states have agreed to solve the agitations by releasing N250 Million naira each for the development of the school. Confirming the development, the Special Adviser to the Oyo state Governor on Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, have this to say:
“I can confirm that we have already paid N250m of our state’s promised share into the coffers of LAUTECH. I also understand that Osun has similarly contributed its share.
“The outstanding N84m that should make up the two months’ salary promised as the icebreaker should be paid in early next week. Everything points to the imminent reopening of the school as scheduled for February 1, 2017.”
It should be recalled that the students of LAUTECH have been at home for eight months due to the industrial action carried out by the teaching and non teaching staff of the institution. The crisis metamorphosed to its peak with the massive student protest in front of the Oyo State government’s office.
The President of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the institution, Olatunde Bakare, has also been contacted. He commended the both governors’ effort so far and has urged the them to speed up the implementation.