Engr. Professor Fola Lasisi is first from the right.
He blames the recurrent crisis in LAUTECH on the joint ownership of the institution.
He said this in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on the sidelines of the public presentation of a book entitled, ‘ Words of wisdom in 2000 quotes’ authored by Mrs. Rafiat Adetumbi:
“Joint ownership of universities has not worked in many places. When I took over at the Cross River State University. It didn’t work because Akwa Ibom State was created from Cross River State and they were not able to manage that university.
“So, (Gen. Ibrahim) Babangida decided to create the University of Technology for Akwa Ibom because Cross Rivers State already had University of Calabar. Former Governor Clement Isong, who is also a former governor of the Central Bank took a very wise decision that they were having problem running the state university because the two states were unable to work together and because of that the Federal Government should take over the university that was jointly owned.
“That was my own challenge, they now gave it to me to manage and removed it from state control and it succeeded. That was how I became the VC of the University of Uyo. University of Uyo was a successor to the Cross River State University which was jointly owned.”
Also to blame, according to him, is the former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, who built another teaching hospital in Ogbomoso when the school already had one in Osogbo, Osun State.