The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said he worked with the governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, to protect the future of the students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH.
Makinde said he and Oyetola had to set aside the PDP-APC rivalry politics and ego to resolve the ownership crisis that crippled the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
Last week, Oyo became the sole owner of the embattled institution after a long period of academic disruption and crises.
Makinde spoke in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, when he visited the Osun governor for a ‘thank you’ visitation.
He met Oyetola in his office and declared that his Osun State counterpart acted like a statesman and put the interest of students of the institution above other considerations.
On his part, Governor Oyetola said he acted as a statesman in the interest of the students and urged the Oyo State Government to see to the prompt, complete and faithful implementation of all conditions in the Memorandum of Understanding.
Speaking further, Governor Makinde said during the ownership crisis, different groups in the university were feeding him and Oyetola with different pieces of information.
He however noted that after considering all sides to the issues, the need to protect the future of the students took pre-eminence.
“I came here to thank my brother, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, on the role he played which eventually led to us being able to resolve the LAUTECH issue.
“There’s been a lot of talk and insinuations out there in the media, but what we have both done is in the interest of our children that are students of that university over and above politics, partisanship and ego.
“Somebody said to me that in the spirit of regional integration and oneness in the region, we should have been able to manage the institution. And I said that position was well thought out, but they missed a point, the point is the joint ownership over the years has become really challenging in terms of funding and in terms of stakeholders in there.”