LAUTECH proscribes students’ union over partisan politics

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The management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) has proscribed the activities of the university’s Students’ Union Government (SUG) on Friday, 8th March, 2019.

In a statement signed by the Registrar of the LAUTECH, Kayode Ogunleye, the management disclosed that the proscription was due to unsettled differences within the SUG over the various support of its organs for candidates contesting in the gubernatorial election in Oyo State.

EduCeleb.com gathered that the executive arm of the LAUTECH had openly declared support for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Seyi Makinde, while the legislature is backing the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu.

The SUG executive team was said to have hosted Mr Makinde on the LAUTECH campus during his political campaign to Ogbomoso on Wednesday.

The LAUTECH community has been enmeshed in various crises that had led to the closure of the school for several months over the past eight years. An analyst believes that it may influence the outcome of the Saturday elections.

Dr Ogunleye, in the statement made available to EduCeleb.com described the situation as “unpalatable” and “ugly”.

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The LAUTECH Registrar therefore disclosed the decision of the school management to set up a caretaker committee to continue to interface between the management and Students while the proscription last.

In his words, “The University Management, having noticed the recent unpalatable and ugly situation on campus, which has led to a situation whereby Student Union leaders were attacking one another thus lost control of the leadership of the Union, decided that the Student Union of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, be proscribed with immediate effect.”

“To ensure continuity of interaction between students and Management of the University, a caretaker committee has been be put in place to interface between students and the University Management.”

“By this release, the leadership of the Student Union should hand over property of the Student Union and the University in their custody to the Ag Dean of Student Affairs with immediate effect.”

“We appeal to students of the University to continue to maintain peace and tranquility on campus and report any case of security threat.”

EduCeleb.com earlier reported that the Oyo State Government had approved the release of N200 millon to offset salary arrears it owed the teachers in LAUTECH and six other tertiary institutions it runs across the state.

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