The two states of Oyo and Osun had regretted the crisis that erupted at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso on Wednesday, where staffers, who were indigenes of Osun State, were reportedly attacked by hoodlums.
It would be recalled thatmembers of staff of the university, who were indigenes of Osun State, were reportedly attacked on Wednesday by hoodlums, allegedly sponsored by the former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, who initiated the ownership crisis of LAUTECH between the two states.
At a meeting between the representatives of the two states led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the deputy governor of Osun State, Otunba Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, the duo sympathized with the victims of the crisis and promised that they would do everything possible to avert similar incident in the future.
In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the two states agreed that adequate security measures should be put in place to ensure safety of all students, staffers and properties of the institutions both in Osogbo and Ogbomoso.
To lay the ownership crisis of the university to bed completely, the two states agreed that a Technical Committee should be constituted immediately, to look at all issues pertaining to the institution and submit their reports within 4 weeks from the date of commencement of sitting.
Pending the resolution of issues in contention, the two states, as agreed at the meeting, would continue to honour their commitments with reference to payment of all salaries and allowances of all members of staff of the University and the Teaching Hospitals.
It was agreed that salaries of the University and the Teaching Hospitals would be paid by the Osun State Government effective from Friday, 19th August, 2011.
In the meantime, students in clinical classes, that is, 400 to 600 levels, had been directed to return immediately to the Teaching Hospital in Osogbo to resume classes, with a view to preventing unnecessary elongation of the students’ programmes.
The lecturers had also been urged to resume academic activities in Osogbo in the interest of the students and the general public.
The two states had agreed to jointly pursue accreditation of the Teaching Hospital in Ogbomoso and re-accreditation of the Teaching Hospital in Osogbo immediately.
They then appealed to both Oyo and Osun indigenes, to embrace peace in the spirit of their forefathers, whose dream of founding the university was to educate their children, adding that the founding fathers believed in the historical, cultural, social and economic heritage that bind the two states together.
In a similar development, knocks and criticism had not stopped bashing the attack on Osun State indigenes in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso by some thugs.
The National Association of Osun State Students (NAOS), Comrade Mubarak Adepoju, described the attack as ungodly and cruel, calling on security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
According to Adepoju, the terror unleashed on the Osun State indigenes at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso was sponsored by politicians, who were bitter about the reconciliation of Oyo and Osun State governments, on the joint ownership of the institution.
He said the attack was attestation to the fact that some politicians, who are loyal to the former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, were finding their ways to polarise LAUTECH students and staff in order to frustrate them out of the institution’s campus.
Adepoju, a LAUTECH student, stated this last Friday in a telephone interview with OSUN DEFENDER.
Maintaining that the attack on the Osun State indigenes was pre-planned by the perpetrators, Adepoju described the attackers as thugs, miscreants, illiterates and frustrated human beings among the residents of Ogbomoso.
The students’ president, however, called on the students of the institution, who are Osun State indigenes to remain peaceful and law-abiding, saying that peace is one of the unique characteristics of the state.
He therefore called on Oyo State government and the state police command to fish-out those who sponsored the attack and the perpetrators, saying that doing that would curb discrimination among the students and workers of the institution.
Adepoju stressed that there were possibilities of further attacks on Osun indigenes if the perpetrators and their accomplices were not brought to book.