LAUTECH: You Are Responsible For University’s Backwardness, Not Me – Oyetola Fires Back At Makinde

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has on Friday implored his Oyo state counterpart, Mr. Seyi Makinde not to incite workers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) and the people of Oyo state against the government and people of Osun state.

Oyetola gave this warning while reacting to a statement credited to Makinde where he (Makinde) said that Osun state government is the one still behind in fulfilling its obligations in the institution jointly owned by the two states.

We gathered that Makinde, had while speaking on his 100 days in office on Thursday, accused Osun State government of not paying the salaries of workers of the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

Makinde said that he will not mind if the school is divided to allow each of the owner-states to go in its own.

He said, “If we have to split up, then so be it, I won’t shy away from this divorce. LAUTECH is very important to Ogbomoso.”

But, Oyetola while reacting, declared that Osun State government has been living up to its expectations and performing its responsibility as equal partner in the LAUTECH ownership.

Oyetola in a statement signed by Supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa a copy of which was forwarded to usFriday evening said that the outburst by Makinde shown that the Oyo state Governor needs proper briefing and extensive readings on LAUTECH.

The statement reads,

“The attention of the State Government of Osun has been drawn to a statement credited to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on his official twitter handle where he frivolously accused the state government of not paying the salary of workers of the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

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“We will like to state that for 29 years of existence, Osun Government has been living up to its expectations and performing his responsibility as equal partner in the LAUTECH ownership, notwithstanding the obvious cheating from the Oyo government.

“Governor Seyi Makinde needs proper briefing and extensive readings on LAUTECH before he could make factual and objective remarks. Presently, he obviously does not have sufficient facts, or maybe playing greed man script.

And as a matter of fact, we are aware that the governor had during his campaign promised to acquire LAUTECH and makes it the property of Oyo government alone. We are not surprised that he started on a wrong note of blackmail on the university matter.

“However, Governor Seyi Makinde needs to be properly informed that Osun government does not owe LAUTECH workers’ salary, since it took over the payment in July this year.

What is outstanding is the August subvention which is being arranged alongside other statutory expenses of Osun government. It is unpleasant that Governor Makinde took to his twitter handle in an attempt to make a cheap political point on Osun. That is unbecoming of a governor.

“May we remind the governor that in 2017, the Osun government committed a sum of N1, 250, 000, 000, and in 2018, Osun government paid N500, 000, 000.

Between July 2010 and July 2016, Osun paid a total sum of N8, 692, 488, 234.04. Osun has offset the LAUTECH workers July salary with N300, 000, 000 this year.

We challenged Governor Seyi Makinde to tell the public what Oyo has contributed to LAUTECH between 2010 and 2019. The governor should be mindful of what he will say on LAUTECH.

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“When owner states were asked to pay N500m each for take-off after the visitation panel, Osun duly paid its own, but we are yet to have evidence of payment by our boasting counterpart.

Governor Seyi Makinde should be worried on why LAUTECH has not been self-sufficient in terms of funding and academic advancement since its creation, while Osun State University which was created a few years ago is making ways financially and academically.

“We expect Governor Makinde to rise above the petty game of blackmail and attempt to incite the LAUTECH Workers and the Oyo people at large against the government of Osun and the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola who is very responsive and committed to workers plight.

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