By A’isha Babátúndé
Former Governor of Oyo State and Governorship candidate for Alliance for Democracy Party, Otunba Alao Akala has vouched to get the jointly owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) back to Oyo State and pay the recently approved minimum wage for workers when he resumes office.
Akala, who made this statement yesterday during the Oyo State Governorship Debate organised by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News Yorùbá expressed his vehemence on the joint ownership of the varsity which originally belonged to Oyo State and “now, the state has a half-university where one leg belongs here and the other leg in Osun. This should not be; Osun state has a varsity of its own, it is time we fought for LAUTECH and get it back.”
He said: “I will get LAUTECH back in my first 100 days in 0ffice and ensure stability in the varsity. Payment of salaries of LAUTECH staffs will be done on time; so that incessant strike ceases in the school.”
Recall that a crisis of ownership of the varsity between the two states-Oyo and Osun-had evolved and grown wild during the tenures of Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Otunba Alao Akala in 2010 when the then Governor, Akala, signed a gazette- marked 09 and Vol.36- for sole ownership of the varsity.
In a Vanguard report dated October 7, 2016, section 26 of the amended law states that “rules, convention or practice in existence in respect of the joint ownership of the university is hereby revoked and shall cease to have validity or force of law with effect from December 31, 2010.
Section 27 states that the University is deemed to be solely owned by Oyo state as from December 31, 2010.”
On improving the standard of education in Oyo State, he said, “we will ensure free education scheme seep through primary and secondary schools across the state. Under this scheme, scholarship will be awarded to intelligent indigent students in Oyo State.”
The former Governor also promised to enforce the payment of the recently approved 30,000 naira minimum wage for Oyo workers.
“We will ensure we pay the 30,000 naira minimum wage approved by the Nigerian Senate, so that our workers live in relief,” he pledged.