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Federal Government to take over Lautech, Students beg Nigerian government.

Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, have appealed to the Federal Government to take over the school.
The
students made the appeal on Thursday at the National Assembly on the
second day of their sit out at the entrance to the Assembly in Abuja to
call attention to the protracted crisis that has kept the university
shut since last year.
A large contingent of the students had
arrived Abuja at 8 p.m on Tuesday and encamped at the main entrance to
the National Assembly until Thursday afternoon after drawing the
attention of the federal lawmakers.
Some of the students who spoke
to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday explained that the two owner states of the
university, Oyo and Osun, have been unwilling and unable to fund
LAUTECH since they established their individual state universities.

The
students’ union president, Bakare Olatunde, said the students decided
to take their protest to Abuja to draw the attention of the Federal
Government and other stakeholders in the country to intervene and
proffer a lasting solution to the problems that have crippled the
university.
He said the House Leader of the House of
Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and some members of the House had
addressed them and promised to help in finding a lasting solution to the
crisis.
“We were told that the Federal Government cannot adopt a
school without going through a formal procedure because we are in a
democratic era, but the legislators said they are already working on the
issue as it has been raised in the House.”

In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES later on Thursday evening, Mr. Gbajabiamila confirmed meeting with the students.

He
said he had assured them that despite the rigorous process involved in
transferring the ownership of their institution, the House would apply a
coordinated approach to resolve the crisis.
“I apologized on
behalf on the governments because we must all take responsibility, since
it is about funding to improve learning environment,” the House Leader
said in the statement.,
“We will urge the Federal Government to work on possible ways to step in,” Mr. Gbajabiamila stated.
The
institution jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states has been shut since
June 2016 by the workers, the result of the the failure of the two
states to fulfill their shared funding responsibility.
The school had been closed earlier in 2015 just before the students were scheduled to begin their examinations.
Subsequently,
the two state governments managed to come up with N500 million to
settle the workers’ salaries thus enabling the students to resume
briefly and complete the 2015/2016 first semester in April 2016.
But
the the money could only cover the workers’ salaries for two and a half
months, following which the workers again downed tools in June last
year. Although it reopened briefly in February, there have been no
academic activities.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the Dean
of Student Affairs of the university, Lukuman Jinadu, explained that the
students acted out of frustration by taking their protest to Abuja.
He said the two state governors were working to restore normalcy to the school.
The
students later on Thursday afternoon evacuated their protest site to
return to Ogbomosho, taking with them the hope that a lasting solution
will be provided through the intervention of the Federal Government.

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