The Senate president Bukola Saraki, yesterday held a meeting with students and alumni of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
The meeting was also attended by the Leader of the Senate and a few other Distinguished Senators. The focus of the meeting was to find a solution to the ongoing strike in the university
Saraki said: I remember, it is was in November last year that this matter first came up at the Senate. Since then, we have watched and reviewed the situation, which culminated in the passage of the Motion last week where we resolved to call on the Oyo and Osun State governments to sort out the ownership issue, and the Federal Government to work towards the release of necessary funds for the reopening of the school.
He said the senate is taking steps to resolve dispute over the ownership of the university:
“Let me make myself clear on behalf of the Senate: Now that we have taken up this issue, we are not going to stop until action is taken. In the past week, I have had the opportunity to speak to the Minister of Education on the LAUTECH closure, and he has reassured me that a meeting is in the works to bring representatives of both governments together to resolve the ownership affair between the two states.”
He pointed out the fact that students and their parents were the ones at the receiving end of the strike action: Additionally, we can argue from now until tomorrow about the ownership of the University, however, all parties concerned must know that the LAUTECH students and their parents are the ones that are affected by this. Hence, swift action must be taken. Moving forward, we will continue to fight for the students of LAUTECH so that soon, the doors of that university will be open.
At this point, I want to continue to appeal to LAUTECH students for their patience. There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are on your side. Please take this message back to your families: “The Senate is on your side. We will continue to fight for you.”