In a bid to ensure the commencement of activities at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)’s College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin, in Iseyin local government area, the Oyo State Government has released the fund for the work.
Chairman, Governing Council of LAUTECH, Professor Ayodeji Omole, made this known on Tuesday evening in Iseyin when he led other members of the council and management members of the University, on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the cost of putting up structures and renovating existing buildings for administrative, research and residential purposes.
Omole stated that with the release of the take-off grant, work will commence in earnest, adding that Governor Seyi Makinde would do the turning of sod at the administrative site of the College in November 2021.
The Chairman, speaking at the palace of the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Dr. Abdulganiy Salawudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi Ajinese 1, said “we appreciate the community through Kabiyesi for the support received so far on this project, at the outset, some people believed the issue of some ownership of LAUTECH would not be possible, but for the doggedness of the Governor, we here today.
“I want to announce here that the take-off grant for work to start at the College has been released, by next month (November), the Governor himself will come and do the turning of the sod for construction works to commence.
“The Governor has also promised that the institution will get more funding from the 2022 budget, as it has been captured in the 2022 annual financial estimate, so the community must brace itself for the works ahead.”
Prof. Omole called on the community to provide more land for the university project as the available acquired land has been exhausted on projections based on research, academics and other aspects of the institution’s projects. He also called for a harmonious relationship between residents, students, and staff members of the College.
“The land allocated so far is so small and working with the allocations done on paper for the projects for different aspects of academics, research, and other areas, we need more.
“You never can say, this College may eventually become a full-fledged University, the community needs to acquire more land.