BY GBENGA OLARINOYE, Oshogbo
Osun state government has described the action of Governor Adebayo Alao Akala of Oyo State to appoint a new Vice Chancellor and Registrar for the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomosho as illegal since the institution is jointly owned by Osun and Oyo states.
The Director of Communications and Strategy in the office of the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon noted that the decision of Akala and Oyo State government to appoint new principal officers for the university contradicts the law that established the university.
He said “The attention of the Osun State Government has been drawn to an interview session purportedly ordered by the Adebayo Alao Akala’s administration for the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor and Registrar for the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and expected to take place at the Development Support Centre Ibadan between Friday March 11 and 12, 2011. “The Osun state government wishes to state categorically that the said interview is in furtherance of the illegalities being perpetrated by the Governor of Oyo State over an institution that is jointly owned by Osun and Oyo states.
“Therefore, we wish to urge all right-thinking Nigerians to see the attempt to appoint a new vice chancellor and a registrar for what it represents: an exercise in futility. We also wonder how a governor who swore to defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria could continually violate the same constitution with his flagrant disrespect for the laws of the land.”
He maintained that the joint ownership of LAUTECH is backed by law, adding that any action unilaterally taken on the affairs of the institution is null and void and of no effect under the laws setting the institution.