Osun State Government has declared its willingness to negotiate separation with Oyo State and withdraw the joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
Prof Olu Aina, the Chairman of the Osun Reconciliation Committee on LAUTECH, said that the Oyo State Government had ignored and turned down the response to a letter, notifying it of Osun’s willingness to negotiate the cutoff of joint ownership of the institution.
Dr Olatunde Aworanti, the ex-NABTEB registrar, said that from all traces, the Oyo State Government wanted to solely own the university without following due process.
He said, “From records, Osun has given the university over N27bn since inception and provided more funding to it than Oyo, even though all 11 faculties in the institution were cited in Oyo State, with Osun having only half of Faculty of Medical Sciences.”
Prof Aina said Osun would be ready to meet Oyo State to discuss the future of the institution. They, however, retained the fact that the judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed joint ownership of the institution should be respected.
In his words: “If Oyo wants a divorce, we have to discuss it. Even between husband and wife, before separation, there will be a discussion. We are asking Oyo to come to a round-table discussion.”