Osun State House of Assembly yesterday kicked against the proposed sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, by Oyo State.
The 26-member Assembly said the planned takeover of the jointly owned institution by Oyo State was not possible.
At a meeting with the university’s workers at the chamber of the Assembly, Chairman of its Education Committee Folorunso Bamisayemi recalled that the Supreme Court ruled on March 22, 2012, that the institution should remain as a joint property of Osun and Oyo states.
He said the ruling followed a suit by Osun State against Oyo State when the Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala administration attempted a forceful takeover of the institution
Accusing some elements in Oyo State of encouraging criminality, he faulted denials by Oyo State attorney general of an existing court verdict against the takeover plot.
He noted that Osun State never played a second fiddle to Oyo State in the management of the institution despite imbalance in the sharing of assets since its creation 26 years ago.
Bamisayemi denied insinuations that Osun was shirking its responsibility because of the funding of Osun State University, adding that in the last six years, UNISON has been managed with internally generated revenue.
He said Osun State only defaulted in its subvention to LAUTECH last year, owing to a drop in its revenue.
The lawmaker warned that Osun’s matured approach in the matter should not be taken as weakness.