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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Christian Association Of Nigeria begs Federal Govt to take over LAUTECH

Following the ongoing crisis facing Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, the Christian Associations of Nigeria (CAN) in Ogbomoso Zone has sent a plea letter to Federal Government to take over the institution as a Federal University.
Academic activities in the school have been shut down for many months now due to a faceoff between the staff of the school and the Osun and Ondo state governments that are co-owners of the school. Lecturers are demanding the payment of the arrears of their salary that amounts to N7.1 billion while students have been protesting over the unending strike.

In the letter signed by the leaders of CAN to the Federal Government on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the association said the ongoing situation has become a major concern to the Heads of Churches and Christian Association of Nigeria in Ogbomosoland.

According to the association, they are pleading with all that are concerned especially the Federal Government, the National Assembly, Federal Ministry of Education and Nigerian University Commission (NUC) to urgently come to the RESCUE of LAUTECH by taking it over as a Federal University.

Read the full letter after the cut...

THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA,
OGBOMOSO ZONE

A PLEA TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER LAUTECH:
THE ONLY FEASIBLE PANACEA FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE UNIVERSITY


OUR CONCERNS
1. The lingering incessant strike action paralyzing academic activities in LAUTECH and strangulating her administrative system has become a matter of great concern to the Heads of Churches and Christian Association of Nigeria in Ogbomosoland.


2. The wanton wasting away of the lives, time and future of our youths and children who are students of this institution has become worrisome and disturbing to all discerned minds.


3. On several occasions, students have been sent out of school as a result of avoidable strike action spanning eleven (11) months. This has exposed the vulnerable youngsters to unscrupulous pressures; various types of accidents, high rate of criminality and untimely deaths while many have become redundant and frustrated because they are not able to constructively dissipate their pent-up energy.


4. Workers, both teaching and non-teaching are grossly impoverished as a result of non-payment of salaries and arrears, which, of course is the major reason for the incessant strike actions rocking the one time best state university in Nigeria. As at now, workers of LAUTECH are being owed eight (cool months salaries and arrears pilling up in years. Yet, neither the Governing Council nor the proprietors of the university is speaking or doing anything serious to address this crass maladministration! Staff morale is generally low.


5. Apparently, the concomitant effects of the sorry state of LAUTECH on the well-being of the staffers of the institution are far reaching: several of them are not able to attend to their medical bills, perform their duties as parents and meet critical domestic and social obligations.


6. Suffice to add that the experience of JAMBITES who were supposed to write their 2017 UTME at LAUTECH was not a palatable one and it constitutes a disgrace to our social dignity and collective integrity as a nation!


7. The host community is also badly hit by the wave of the crisis. The commerce of the city is in comatose because LAUTECH staffers constitute a bunch of her population.  As elders in the host community, parents of these LAUTECH students and patriotic citizens of this country, the lives and future of our children are so precious to us that we cannot afford to see them struggle with these precarious situations and challenges that are beyond them. 


8. From the look of things, the situation is beyond the power of the two owner states, or so it seems. All efforts said to have been made before now by the two owner states seem not yielding any desired result. As we speak, the governments of Oyo and Osun States have refused to make the reports of the much celebrated Wole Olanipekun Visitation Panel public! Too many questions are begging for answers here.   


9. The proposed audit exercise recently muted by the university visitors is a welcome development. Such exercise is a conventional procedural oversight responsibility of proprietors of growing organizations and ivory towers, provided it is not just a ploy to tactically buy time, disintegrate the university or sack some of these hapless employees with reckless impunity. However, we opine that it will be counter-productive and seriously unhealthy to further keep the students and workers away from classroom while the audit is ongoing.  


OUR HUMBLE PLEAS
1. As we appreciate and commend the hallowed efforts of the governments of Oyo and Osun States over LAUTECH imbroglio, we plead with all that are concerned especially the Federal Government, the National Assembly, Federal Ministry of Education and Nigerian University Commission (NUC) to urgently come to the RESCUE of LAUTECH by taking it over as a Federal University.


2. This will not only rescue the lives and destinies of almost thirty thousand (30,000) current students of the university (and several other desperate candidates awaiting admission), it will also put a permanent pay to the lingering crisis and rekindles the faith of all stakeholders in the leadership of our country. 


3.  Ipso facto, as of today, given human nature, especially in Africa, a joint venture stands the risk of unequal commitment sired by varied interests. What belongs to everybody actually belongs to nobody. Therefore, no matter how much the partners strive to pretend that these differences do not exist, they will come to the surface. This is the scenario playing out between Oyo and Osun in the case of funding of the institution. Or, how does one justify a situation where Osun as at April 30, 2017 owes almost 5.4 billion naira while Oyo owes almost 2.7 billion naira to the university? 


4. In the whole of Nigeria, it is only LAUTECH that has dual ownership. Other states that found themselves in similar situations have peacefully shared assets and liabilities. This is what Prof Mafiana – led team from NUC tried to achieve in 2011 before the current administrations in Oyo and Osun came to throw spanners into it. Why is it that the university is the only monument they agreed to retain as a legacy of their common heritage? What of Colleges of Education in Oyo and Osun States, The Polytechnic Ibadan, and other higher institutions of learning located within the territories of the two states at the time of creation of Osun State?


5. It is clear to all and sundry that the experiment (Joint Ownership of LAUTECH) has failed. The only pragmatic way - forward is to embrace reality and allow peaceful parting of ways rather than the present pejorative and arrant grandstanding by the two governors. Sad to find out that there has been no capital grants to the university since almost 10 years ago! Major developments have been undertaken through Federal Government interventions; courtesy of TetFund Scheme!


6. The world is watching! Quick, noble, decisive and positive actions that can proffer both immediate and long-term solutions to this impasse will be expected from the NUC, Federal Ministry of Education, the National Assembly and other pertinent agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria.  
               
                       LAUTECH WILL BE GREAT AGAIN!

 Rev’d Dr. Israel O. Olaniyan    
Chairman, Head of Churches
                                  
Bishop Bayo Akintola    Sectetary, Head of Churches

Revd John Olarinde
Chairman, OCMF 
Evang. Doyin Olayiwola
Chairman CAN, Ogbomoso North L.G

Revd J.O Olomoluwa
Chairman CAN, Ogbomoso South L.G    

Revd G.A Adeleye
Chairman CAN, Oriire    L.G    

The Revd Titus Okewole
Chairman CAN, Suurulere L.G 

Elder J.O Oyeniran
Chairman CAN, Ogo-Oluwa L.G   
   
Revd. Dr. Dele Opatoyinbo
Chairman, Ogbomoso Zonal CAN

11 comments:

ademola babalola said...

pls lautech managed by oyo not ondo state and Osun state.....pls take note

Yorrick said...

it is better that one states sells of their stake in the university to the other state so that it would be one central owner. this dual ownership is one of the problems the school has.

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Adebisi Adetola said...

Hello Linda it is osun and oyo state government not ondo state that's the only mistake and thanks for your information keep up with your good job

ADEDOYIN_CHASE said...

Linda take note. Its not osun and ondo state.
Its osun and Oyo state.

Ese Henry said...

Pls we need help oh...am tired of staying at home...dis is very frustrating

Ese Henry said...

Pls we need help oh....am tired of staying at home,dis is becoming very frustrating.

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