Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, the new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, declares that the university will reopen for normal activities in some days’ time.
Afolabi, who disclosed this at a press conference he addressed in Osogbo on Monday along with other new members of the Governing Council of the university said that the new council is already finding a lasting solution to the issues facing the institution than when it begins.
Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, the Vice Chancellor of the university and some other members of the Governing Council including Prof. Lai Olurode were in attendance at the press conference.
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Afolabi, the new Chairman , who is formerly the Head of Service of the Federation and a professor of Chemistry disclosed that he was confident of early resolution of the issues and he and every other members of the council have shown their support and determination to restore the lost glory of LAUTECH.
He stressed further that the new council were inaugurated at the most difficult time, but he guaranteed that they had accepted the challenges and were ready to work out possible solutions to issues causing recurrent crises at the institution, including funding.
He states that the council had been advised to have a closer interaction with members of staff through their unions so as to gain their assurance and to improve their morale which he described as been reduced to the lowest level due to lack of payment of their statues for 10 months.
He further disclosed that, the council would relate with the unions, as well as the Student Union and other stakeholders including the two governors, former vice chancellors; the Soun of Ogbomoso, former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and every other party involve to ensure that the crisis was permanently resolved.
Afolabi said, “We had our inaugural meeting at the main campus in Ogbomoso on August 9, 2017 and charted for ourselves a 90-day action plan which has started in earnest. For instance, consultations have been held with the various unions, parent forum and traditional rulers.
“We have also engaged the auditing firm, KPMG, and as I address you here, I make bold to inform you that we are expecting an interim report from the firm in a matter of days. It is this report we will be presenting to the visitors to the university. We have high hope that submission of this relief would go a long way in midwife get a lasting solution to the problems of LAUTECH.
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“From various interactions of council with the diverse stakeholders, we have realized that we are on the same page, working towards the same goal, which is that. Council should spare no efforts to get the university reopen for students to continue with their studies and move on with their academic pursuit. The students have pledged their cooperation to abide by any decision taken, if that would make the university to work again.”