Osun Assembly Applauds Aregbesola, Ajimobi for Peaceful Resolution of LAUTECH Ownership Crisis
The State of Osun House of Assembly has applauded Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and his Oyo counterpart; Abiola Ajimobi for the peaceful resolution of the joint ownership crisis which has rocked Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho and has put the institution under lock and key.
A statement signed by Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, spokesperson of the assembly, said that the peaceful resolution of the crisis would enable the institution meet the aspirations of its founding fathers.
The statement was made available to newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo.
It said that the re-affirmation of the joint ownership of the institution by the two states had vindicated that peace, dialogue and tolerance is the only way to resolve crisis.
“We have always said that Oyo and Osun are creation of law and the constitution will not do anything that will contravene the same constitution over the joint ownership of LAUTECH.
“LAUTECH is also created by law and unless that law is jointly amended by the two states, none of the two states can arrogate to itself the sole ownership of the institution.
“Those fanning the ember of discord needed to be educated on this and desist from causing disharmony between the two states and their people over the institution.
“It was a privilege that the institution is located in Ogbomoso and that privilege must be properly explored by the hosting community for economic development,” the statement said.
It appealed to staff of the institution that had been on strike since the commencement of the ownership crisis to return to work in the interest of the students.
LAUTECH, which is jointly owned and funded by Osun and Oyo Government, was recently engulfed in ownership crisis due to non-payment of the staff salaries by the two states.
The crisis was resolved by Govs. Aregbesola and Ajimobi through signing of a resolution to reaffirm the joint ownership of the institution.