Nigeria: Lautech – Solving One Problem but Creating Another

The sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) by Oyo State is a welcome development. Joint ownership of the institution by Oyo and Osun states has culminated into protracted crises in the institution, which has had telling effects on the students, the staff and its rating as the best state university in Nigeria as well as the relationship between the owner states.

Thus, the taking over of the institution by the Oyo State Government is applauded by all and sundry as a pragmatic way of engendering peace.

However, the report credited to the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde that the institution would be run as a multi-campus is sad news for all Ogbomoso indigenes as well as lovers of justice.

I wish to advise the Oyo State Government to reconsider the idea in the interest of peaceful coexistence among the various zones of the state, which is homogenous.

Numerically and population-wise, Ogbomoso geo-political zone comprising five local governments is second to Ibadan. The only government institution in Ogbomoso zone is Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. The founding fathers of the institution sited the school in Ogbomoso because they thought that the town deserved the institution at the period. Out of all the zones that made up old Oyo State, only Ogbomoso was deprived of a higher institution. Another fact is that Ogbomoso people contributed to the fund-raising for the institution more than any town in the state and I stand to be challenged on this fact. This is not to mean that Ogbomoso as a town or an administrative zone owned the school, the school until recently belonged to Osun and Oyo and with the dissolution of the joint ownership, it belongs to Oyo State and its people and for the benefit of the humanity. However, the siting of the school in Ogbomoso has transformed the socio and economic life of the town for the better, one could only imagine the adverse effects of turning it into a multi-campus.