The Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III has applauded the efforts of the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluwaseyi Makinde in securing the solitary ownership of the erstwhile jointly owned Technology university, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) for the state.
While expressing his delight in the huge developmental strides of the Makinde-led administration, the monarch, urged the Governor not to rest on his oars in repositioning LAUTECH, which he described as one of the best university of technology in Nigeria.
Oba Oyewumi also acknowledged the stakeholders including the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the historic feat, and urged the LAUTECH community to uphold the trend of academic excellence and trail blazing they have always been known for.
In a statement signed by the first paramount ruler, Oba Oyewumi stressed that the handing over of LAUTECH to Oyo state will further give a boost to socio-economic activities in Ogbomoso and Oyo state as a whole.
He said, “Let me use this medium to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude of the people of Ogbomosoland to Governor Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo state for his unrelenting and determined efforts in securing the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State.
“The protracted crisis occasioned by the joint ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo and Osun States had set the citadel of learning backwards and negatively affected the socio-economic development of my domain, Ogbomoso.
“Thus, the eventual ceding of the ownership of LAUTECH to Oyo State Government after many years of extensive consultations and negotiations is indeed a timely and welcome development.
” It is my prayer that this landmark achievement will catalyze efforts of the Oyo State government in ensuring that LAUTECH, which has produced professionals in various fields of endeavour, reclaims its lost glory and bring further positive development to Ogbomoso, Oyo State and Nigeria at large.
“May Allah continue to give the Governor wisdom to steer the affairs of Oyo State to greater heights”.
Finally, the nonagenarian monarch reiterated his support for the higher institution, adding that LAUTECH will regain its prestigious position among Nigeria universities.