The Osun State House of Assembly has warned some indigenes of Ogbomoso in Oyo State who allegedly attacked the Bursar of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Mr. A.B.C. Olagunju, and some other indigenes of Osun State against further attacks or be ready to face the consequences of their action.
Also, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in LAUTECH, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, said the union had directed all its members, irrespective of their states of origin, to stay away from their offices until normalcy was restored.
He said, “As a responsible union, we have sent messages to all our members to stay away from their offices until the situation improves. The message was not directed at Osun State indigenes alone but to all members because there are lecturers from Delta State, from the North and other parts of the country.
“We are not interested in the ownership crisis rocking the university; what we are after is the welfare of our members, how their salaries and allowances would be paid and the university would come alive again.”
The Chairman, Osun State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Mr. Folorunso Bamisayemi, who addressed a press conference at the chamber of the House of Assembly in Osogbo on Tuesday, said the maturity of the Osun State Government should not be taken for a weakness.
The lawmaker said the economic challenge facing Osun State was responsible for the inability of the state to pay its subventions to LAUTECH for about 14 months.
He, however, added that that was not enough to claim that Osun State had withdrawn from the joint ownership arrangement of the institution.
He said, “The people of Ogbomoso and their supporters in Oyo State Government are obviously mistaking our maturity for weakness and foolishness. They will soon realise that it is not so.
“We do not intend to let go of our joint property. We appeal to the leaders of the Yoruba nation to prevail on these mean-spirited people. Their action is a betrayal of trust, unconscionable and offends our credo of Omoluabi.”
Bamisayemi said the people of Ogbomoso had been silently working on how to exclude Osun State from the joint ownership of the university, which is being jointly funded by Oyo and Osun states.
He accused the Oyo State Government of not contributing a dime towards the running of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in Osogbo since the teaching hospital in Ogbomoso was established by the Oyo State Government.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr. Akintunde Adegboye, who was also present at the press conference, said Osun State had been dealing with the situation with wisdom because the administration did not want the relationship between the two states to end.
Meanwhile, the National Executive of the LAUTECH Alumni Association has condemned the attack on some officials of the university by hoodlums.
The National President of the alumni association, Mr. Babajide Bewaji, said this in a statement in Osogbo on Wednesday.
He called on the police to beef up security around the university to prevent a reoccurrence of such action.
Also, a socio-political organisation, Afenifere Renewal Group, has called for vigilance over the crisis at LAUTECH on Wednesday in Lagos.
The Group’s Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, said in a statement that ARG was worried by the reported attack on some officials of the university by some unknown persons.