Some students and parents of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso have dragged the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde to court over the relocation of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the institution to Iseyin.
The Nation Newspaper reports that second-year students of the institution had been ordered to move to Iseyin for the second semester of the ongoing academic session, following the relocation of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the institution to Iseyin, in the Oke Ogun geo-political zone.
The suit marked HOG/34/2023 filed at an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ogbomoso has Akintayo Abdulqoyuum Ajibola, Onwi Bassey Edet, Ezekiel Gbadegesin Ogunmola and Prince Aderemi Olude as plaintiffs.
Other defendants listed in the suit are the Commissioner for Education in the state, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution, and the Provost of the Iseyin campus.
The claimants are seeking an order from the court restraining the governor and his agents from going ahead with the planned relocation.
The claimants are seeking three reliefs, including “an order of the court directing the Respondents whether by themselves, their agents, servants or anybody under their authority to return all the already established courses moved from Faculty of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources of the main campus of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso to Iseyin Campus back to the main campus forthwith.”
Also, they are praying the court for an order “directing the Respondents whether by themselves, their agents, servants or anybody under their authority to recall back the movement of all 200 level students as directed in the letter dated 19th October 2023 signed by the Registrar of the 3 Defendant/Respondent on the authority of the 4 Defendant/Respondent from Iseyin Campus back to the main campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.”
They want “an order of injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, servants or anybody under their authority from moving all the already established courses from the Faculty of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources of the main campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso to Iseyin campus or any other campuses outside the main campus.”
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit as of the time of filing this report on Sunday, November 5.