This Day (Lagos)

2 August 2010

Nigeria: FG, Ooni Wade Into Lautech Crisis

Osogbo And Tunde Sani in Ibadan — The lingering ownership crisis over the Ladoke Akintola University, (LAUTECH) inched towards a permanent resolution at the weekend after a two-hour meeting at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

The meeting which was presided over by the Ooni had in attendance the Governors of Osun and Oyo states, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Prof Oladapo Afolabi.

After the meeting, Afolabi who briefed the press disclosed that the joint committee on the crisis had been expanded to include the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) as observer, the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof Ladimeji Oke and his successor, Prof Salawu.

The committee, according to him, is to come up with a final decision on the joint ownership by February 2011. It is also to name an acting Vice Chancellor for the school within 14 days .

Earlier, the NUC had given the owners of the institution till August 11 this year to resolve the issue of who the Vice Chancellor is among other matters that cropped up while the crisis lasted, otherwise it would withdraw the licence of the university.

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