Osun govt speaks on job security for indigene LAUTECH staff

Gboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State

The Osun State government has assured indigenes of the state of job security in the aftermath of the proposed handover of the ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso to the Oyo State government.

It stated this in a statement issued on Saturday adding that no one would be intimidated in the discharge of their duties.

This comes a day after the National Universities Commission (NUC) announced the resolution of the dispute surrounding the management of the thirty-year-old institution.

Originally established by the old Oyo State government, the technology university became jointly owned by both Oyo and Osun states following the creation of the latter around the same period.

Over the years, both states have been funding and controlling the university. But recent developments had led to the need to cede the ownership of bulk of the university’s facilities mainly in Ogbomoso to the Oyo State government while its College of Health Sciences in Osogbo, the Osun State capital remains in control of the Osun State government.

Read the full statement of the government below.

The State Government of Osun wishes to assure its citizens that the dissolution of its joint ownership of LAUTECH, following new terms of management spelt out by the National University Commission (NUC), is in no way skewed against the state .

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All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.

The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.

Osun Students will also not be subjected to fees or admission differentials. They will pay the same tuition fees as their Oyo counterparts.

The agreement ceded the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and all its assets to Osun. Therefore, all landed properties and movable assets located at the College of Health Sciences in Osogbo, including Mercyland Hospital and Ilie are now properties of the State of Osun .

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, which is an independent organisation, has not been affected by this dissolution, and will therefore continue to render necessary services to our people.

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Citizens are therefore advised to continue to cooperate with the government to develop our institutions.

LAUTECH was established in 1990 by the old Oyo State Government with the main campus located in Ogbomoso. The teaching hospital was subsequently established in Osogbo. When Osun State was carved out of the old Oyo State in 1991, both states became joint owners of the institution.

Both Osun and Oyo states have mutually agreed that the joint ownership of LAUTECH be formally dissolved following extensive mediation by the National Universities Commission (NUC), on the need to restore tranquillity and conducive learning environment in both institutions. The decision became necessary as a result of governance and management challenges.

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