The accolades that trailed and still trailing the calming down of the aged long imbroglio regarding the real ownership and efficient control of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, popularly known as LAUTECH, is legendary. The feat so attained should not be subjected to unnecessary political jingoistic adulation. Kudos however, should be directed to the amiable Governor of Oyo State- Seyi Makinde, whose feats were emphatic in so many endeavours even before voyaging into politics. No wonder his tireless and seemingly endless achievements within a little space of attaining leadership position as Oyo State’s number one citizen remain indelible. Thus, his diplomatic manoeuver, bargaining power and negotiating strength leading to securing the sole onwnership of LAUTECH should not be of any surprise and should not be diluted with the destiny of any other person before or presently with him.
Experiences and undisputable records depict that the man is a special breed created for wonders. If the accolade must be extended on this, such extension should be for the Governor of Osun State- Gboyega Oyetola for his displayed statesmanship.
But wait a minute! The challenge at hand should go beyond the euphoria of ownership settlement. The issue now is how to re-magnetise the old glory of the institution back.
Remember the institution was noted for efficiency before the hullabaloo and unwarranted political manipulation and ownership tussle. What must we do for such glory to be back in place? Remember the institution used to be the best State University and one of the best Universities within the nation. What should we do towards resurgence of the feat?
Remember the institution was noted for producing the best hands for the task of nation building and the world at large. What and what must we put in place in making the institution the envy of many as it was in the past? Remember the institution was trusted with the best handlers in the past, in terms of administration, tested professors and productive erudite lecturers.
As the wind in hamattan would wither the leaves, they are now all dispersed. What should we do to coalesce these giant strides again?
What can we do to ensure that the likes of Mr. Bullion Van who has a sinkhole in Bourdillon, with zilch contribution as the Chancellor of the institution, never be allowed in attaining the Chancellorship of our heritage again? Will the good old days hands remain on deck for adequate funding as at inception?
LAUTECH glory is our glory, it must not be allowed to wane. Remember that institution is a major economic source of our great city. Remember that baba Soun and other traditional heads from the zone would be elated for eternity with that singular resucitation.
Remember the name of the institution itself goes with one of the founding sages of the nation-Samuel Ladoke Akintola, the best orator the nation has ever produced, the Generalismo Aare-ona-kakanfo himself and either for or against, his legend remains. A honour so extended to LAUTECH is a honour to the legend himself and by extension, a respect to statemanship.
While awaiting more laurels from LAUTECH, Governor Seyi Makinde can only be implored to do more because the best is yet to come.