Don’t split LAUTECH, give Oke-Ogun own varsity, guber aspirant tells Makinde
A knock has come for Oyo state governor Engr Seyi Makinde over the establishment of a satellite campus of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomoso in Iseyin, Oke-Ogun area of the state.
ogbomosoinsightonline.com recalls that the governor yesterday turned the sod for the establishment of the satellite campus to host the faculty of agriculture in Iseyin even as he earlier announced the release of a sum of N500, 000m for the project.
However, a gubernatorial hopeful in the state Dr Azeez Popoola Adeduntan has remarked that the best option should have been for Oke-Ogun to have a university of its own rather than hosting a satellite campus of LAUTECH.
Dr. Adeduntan, the Osi Basorun of Ibadanland stressed that Oyo state was capable of establishing another university in Oke-Ogun area in view of its large population noting this only required a good manager of resources.
The former Commissioner of Health in the state now promised to turn the Iseyin campus of LAUTECH into an autonomous university and leave Ogbomoso to enjoy the full benefits of LAUTECH if he emerged governor in 2023.
According to a release made available by his media office yesterday the international cardiovascular surgeon promised “l will turn the Iseyin campus of LAUTECH recently launched into the nucleus of Oke-Ogun university while LAUTECH remains indivisible both for the economic and academic viability of the institution as well as retention of the economic impact on Ogbomoso town – the host community.”
Adeduntan further affirmed “satellite campuses are a mirage and not effective in the primary objective of universities throughout the world – learning, teaching and research.
“As a former cabinet member in Oyo state and with aggressive IGR drive as well as prudent spending, the state of 8 million people can manage three universities in addition to grants and contributions from donor agencies throughout the world.
“Oyo state needs a prudent manager of her resources and an international manager, that can attract funds for research and teaching aids from donor agencies throughout the world and with minimal loans for government business as an exception and not a rule.”
Adeduntan assured Ogbomoso people of indivisible LAUTECH and Oke-Ogun people of their own university, asserting, “God willing, an Adeduntan-led administration will not tolerate mushroom satellite campuses in Oyo state, no matter how well meaning as they are nothing but cannon fodders of the main campus based on our experience and that of several others.”