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LAUTECH Ownership: Osun Govt. assures Staff, Students on Fees, Job Security

By Daniel Ayantoye

Following the dissolution of joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) between and Oyo State and Osun State Government by the National University Commission (NUC), the Osun State Government on Saturday assured Osun Students that they will not be subjected to fees or admission differentials.

The state government also assured staff working with LAUTECH and the Teaching Hospital of safety of their job despite the dissolution of ownership.

Recall that CAMPUS FOCUS recently reported that the NUC transferred the ownership of LAUTECH to the Oyo State Government while the Osun State Government was given the ownership of College of Health Sciences.

The Osun State Information and Civic Orientation Commissioner, Mrs. Funke Egbemonde gave the assurance in statement made available to newsmen on Saturday.

“Osun Students will not be subjected to fees or admission differentials. They will pay the same tuition fees as their Oyo counterparts.”

“indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagement.”

According to her, “Government of Osun wishes to assure its citizens that the dissolution of its joint ownership of LAUTECH, following new terms of management spelled out by the National University Commission (NUC), is in no way skewed against the state.

“All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.

“The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.

The agreement ceded the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and all its assets to Osun. Therefore, all landed properties and movable assets located at the College of Health Sciences in Osogbo, including Mercyland Hospital and Ilie are now properties of the State.

Adding that, “Both Osun and Oyo states have mutually agreed that the joint ownership of LAUTECH be formally dissolved following extensive mediation by the National Universities Commission (NUC), on the need to restore tranquillity and conducive learning environment in both institutions. The decision became necessary as a result of governance and management challenges, ” she added.

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