22 June 2010

Nigeria: Oyo, Osun Hostility Over LAUTECH Deepens

Ibadan — Members of the Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) from Osun State on Thursday walked out of the maiden meeting that held on the campus, Ogbomoso, protesting the unilateral appointment of vice-chancellor for the institution by the governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala.

It would be recalled that Oyo State government had on Friday April 30, 2010, announced the appointment of Professor Moshood Lanrewaju Nassir, then rector of the Polytechnic Ibadan, as successor to the Vice- Chancellor of LAUTECH, Professor Babtunde Adeleke, whose tenure was to expire in September this year.

The episode had generated heat between the two states, leading to Osun State government challenging Oyo State government in court over the matter and with former

President Olusegun Obasanjo mediating in it, when he asked the two owner-states to work out an amicable settlement.

On Thursday, however, the Osun State representatives in the Governing Council insisted that the Oyo State appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Nassir, should not preside over the meeting because of the manner by which he was appointed considered as imposition by the governor of Oyo Sate and walked out of the meeting in annoyance.

It was gathered that despite the protest by the Osun State representatives in the Council, the meeting still went on as scheduled and was presided over by the embattled Nasir.

The source further disclosed that Nassir presided over the Governing Council Board meeting with the Oyo State members in attendance, while all other activities that usually hold after the meeting were observed before the members dispersed.

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