*lauds Makinde, NUC, other stakeholders
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi on Saturday described the final ceeding of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology as a timely and welcome development.
Oba Oyewumi stated this in a statement personally signed by him made available to newsmen in Ibadan on the final ceeding of the embattled University to Oyo state.
Oba Oyewumi in a statement personally signed by him made available to journalists in Ibadan stressed that the final ceeding of the university will further boost socio-economic activities in Ogbomoso and Oyo state in general.
Commending Governor Seyi Makinde for ” his unrelenting and determined efforts in securing the sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) for Oyo state”, the royal father maintained that “the eventual ceeding of the ownership of LAUTECH to Oyo State Government after many years of extensive consultations and negotiations is indeed a timely and welcome development.”
“Let me use this medium to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude of the people of Ogbomosoland to Governor Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo state for his unrelenting and determined efforts in securing the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State”, he said.
Oba Oyewumi added, “the protracted crisis occasioned by the joint ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo and Osun States had set the citadel of learning backwards and negatively affected the socio-economic development of my domain, Ogbomoso”.
According to the royal father “thus, the eventual ceding of the ownership of LAUTECH to Oyo State Government after many years of extensive consultations and negotiations is indeed a timely and welcome development.” ” It is my prayer that this landmark achievement will catalyze efforts of the Oyo State government in ensuring that LAUTECH, which has produced professionals in various fields of endeavour, reclaims its lost glory and bring further positive development to Ogbomoso, Oyo State and Nigeria at large. May Allah continue to give the Governor wisdom to steer the affairs of Oyo State to greater heights”. While acknowledging the giant developmental strides of the Makinde- led administration, the royal father charged Governor Makinde not to relent in his efforts aimed at repositioning LAUTECH, which he described as a one of the best higher institutions in Nigeria.
Oba Oyewumi then appreciated the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other stakeholders for the historic feat and urged the LAUTECH community to uphold their remarkable and worthy academic excellence
He stressed that there is the need for Governor Makinde to sustain his support for the University saying, “LAUTECH will regain its lost glory in no distant time”.