The newly constituted governing council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has pledged to restore normalcy in the institution.
Professor Oladapo Afolabi, the chairman of the council made the pledge at an inaugural meeting held on Saturday at the institution’s main campus in Ogbomoso.
LAUTECH, which co-owned by the Oyo and Osun states, has been engulfed in crisis due to issues bordering on irregular subvention and unpaid salaries.
On July 25, the owner states had inaugurated a new council for the institution, led by Afolabi. Other members are Lai Olurode, Olamide Adedokun, Abiodun Owonikoko, Isiaka Olagoke, Tise Adenipekun, and Bade Adesina.
The new council pledged its readiness to return the once best state university in the country to its glorious past.
At an interactive session held with workers’ unions, Afolabi called on stakeholders to rededicate themselves to the upliftment of the institution.
He urged them to shun all divisive tendencies that had brought the institution to its present comatose stage.
Afolabi stated that the council had officially appointed Messrs KPMG to carry out the audit of the institution so that academic activities could commence in earnest.
Earlier, the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, had called on the new council to do all within its power to ensure that normalcy returned to the institution.
The royal father, who received the council members in his palace, also expressed confidence in the administrative capability of the vice chancellor of the university, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin.
Gbadegesin was described by Oba Oyewunmi as focused and committed to the welfare of workers and the wellbeing of the university.