‘Sever joint ownership with Osun’

No fewer than 300 workers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, who are from Oyo on Tuesday called on the state government to severe the joint ownership of the institution with Osun.

They urged the Oyo government to take full ownership and control of the institution.

The workers made the call after a peaceful protest at the Agodi Secretariat of the Governor’s Office.

They carried placards and banners bearing various inscriptions expressing their dissatisfaction with the state of the institution.

The leader of the protesters, Mr. Adeniyi Adediran, said that the workers had not been paid in the last ten months because inspite of the moves by the Oyo State Government to liquidate its debt to the school, Osun was not forthcoming, making the running of the institution more difficult.

While appealing to the protesters to be peaceful, he said the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration still remained committed to the promises of having full ownership of the institution in the interest of peace, development and progress.

He added that the governor had reached out to eminent personalities to help actualize the ownership desire.

Adediran said: “We are over 300 of the workforce in LAUTECH, who are Oyo indigenes. We have not been paid in the last 10 months. Oyo owes LAUTECH over N4billion, while Osun owes over N7billion. Oyo tries to liquidate its debts, but Osun is not responding.

“Hence, we want Osun State to sever from the joint ownership and we want Oyo State to be the sole owner.”

LAUTECH is located on the land of Oyo State and Osun government will always complain of not having funds. So, we want Oyo to be the sole owner of LAUTECH.”

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