Leader of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has supported efforts by alumni of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, to rescue and contribute their quotatowards solving the funding problem rocking their alma mater with 5 million Naira.
Makinde, who contested the 2015 governorship election under SDP, promised to support #FundLAUTECH, an initiative launched by the alumni to raise fund for the institution. The engineer gave them half of the money, promising to get the other half across to the team.
While speaking earlier, Adeyinka narrated how many current and former students lost foreign admissions as they were unable to process their transcript, adding that “about 37 consultants have left the university.”
He added that “Ogbomoso is now a ghost town because the economy of the state is attached to the university. If any of the students who have been at home for 3 years take to arms, who are we going to blame? Anybody can be the victim.
“We are not saying the state should not audit the institution, let the school be opened. You cannot even audit when they are not in school.
“What we are doing is like a palliative. We are working with ASUU. When we finish raising the fund, we will give the staffs and they will resume while the government continues auditing, within 3 weeks.
“Our long term objective is that by the time this is resolved, we want to use the fund to open an ICT hub so that everybody can develop technological thing thing in LAUTECH. Our short term is on what we can do to resolve this issue. Things have become worse that when they resume, some courses will have to be reacredited.
Only recently, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, former governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State and some notable individuals donated to the cause.