Lion Kills Zoo Attendant In Ibadan

The people of Agodi area of Ibadan are still living in fear as lion in Agodi zoo garden went wild and killed a middle age man identified as Hamzat Oyekunle.

Following the killing, the state government has announced the immediate closure of the market.

The government said this decision is based on the report received from the company managing the Zoo, AM & C, that one of the lions at the Zoo had accidentally attacked one of the attendants, Mr. Hamzat Oyekunle popularly known as Baba Olorunwa, who later died from injuries sustained from the incident.

Meanwhile, the lions have been evacuated pending further investigations.

The government decision was contained in a statement at the weekend by the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP), Mr. Yinka Fatoki who expressed shock at the unfortunate incident.

He said that the incident is particularly surprising and sad as the said Mr. Oyekunle had fed the lion for over five years and was known to have had a very good relationship with all the animals in the zoo.

Meanwhile, government representatives have visited the family to commiserate with them over the demise of Mr. Oyekunle.

Ex-Oyo SSG, 3 Journalists Escape Death As Gunmen Attack Olubadan’s Palace

It was confusion galore on Monday at the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji as gunmen attacked the palace few minutes to the commencement of the installation of two new Baale (Community heads) by Oba Adetunji.

During the attack, a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government and an Ibadan Senior Chief, Chief Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli and three journalists escaped death during the confusion.

It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about four reportedly stormed the palace in a black Sienna space bus few minutes after the arrival of the former SSG who was about to step out of his car when they opened fire on his car and other vehicles parked in front of the palace.

The three journalists namely Femi Atoyebi of the Punch, Demola Babalola of This Day and Jeremiah Oke of Daily Trust were about entering the palace when the gunmen started shooting sporadically into the palace forcing the trio to dive into the nearby gutter to escape being hit by the bullets.

Also attacked during the sporadic shooting, a woman identified as Alhaja Iyabo Adeyemi whose car, a Black Honda Accord marked  GGB 690 CU was damaged with the occupants of the car sustaining serious injuries.

The unidentified gunmen during the shooting opened fire repeatedly and shattered the former SSG’s car’ s glass windows and other cars parked in front of the palace while the three journalists were in the gutter for about 10 minutes until the gunmen left the palace for Molete end of Popoyemoja.

Despite the attack on the palace, Oba Adetunji went ahead with the installation  of the community heads

The newly installed community heads are  Chief Saheed Adeyemi Alatise who was installed as Baale Lagelu Aboke Village and Chief Taye Makinde Aikomo who emerged as Baale Adigun Village..

The installation was witnessed by former Governor of the state and the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja; Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and Iyalode of Ibadanland Chief Aminat Abiodun.

Others are Mogaji Abduljeleel Adanla (Mogaji Adanla), Mogaji Abass Oloko (Mogaji Oloko) among others.

Source: New Nigerian

LAUTECH: JAC, ASUU Express Hope As Meeting With Management Holds

By Toba Ajisafe

 

The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and other workers’ unions in the university, have expressed hope that today’s meeting with the institution management will resolve impasses surrounding the recent suspension of strike announced by the governing council.

 

This was expressed on a radio programme by the Chairman of Joint Action Committee, Mr. Abimbola Aleshinloye; and Chairman of the ASUU, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, which was monitored by OSUN DEFENDER on Monday.

 

Recall OSUN DEFENDER reported the resumption of the institution in a statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Jacob Agboola, which expected the students to resume on Monday September 15th, 2017.

 

The strike which was on for months has seen the two owner states engaged an audit firm to look into alleged mismanagement of funds by the management and recommendations were made on effective running of the institution.

 

Read: BREAKING: LAUTECH Announces Resumption Date

 

Mr. Aleshinloye who is the chairman JAC comprises of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non Academic Staff Union and the National Association of Academic Technologists, said, the Management has invited all the Unions for a meeting today by 12noon at Ogbomosho campus to deliberation over announced resumption.

 

“We have to resolve the issues and today, the Management will have to state their own side and we have to state ours for us to harmonize.

 

He said, “We so much appreciate what the Chairman of the governing council, Mr. Oladapo Afolabi is doing to bring back the lost glory.”

 

Speaking in same manner, the ASUU chairman, Dr. Biodun Olaniran said, that the Union is so much open to negotiation.

 

Dr. Abiodun said “our sons and daughters are also in the school, so we hope the crisis will be solved before October 1st, 2017 which I believe today’s dialogue between the Unions and the management will go a long to proffer lasting solution to the crisis.

BREAKING: LAUTECH Announces Resumption Date

By Toba Ajisafe

The Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has approved resumption of activities on the Institution’s Campuses which would take effect from Friday September 15, 2017.

This was contained in a release by Head, Public and Alumni Relations Unit, Mr. Lekan Fadeyi which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER on Thursday.

According to a statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Jacob Agboola, students of the University are expected to return to school on Monday September 25th, 2017, while full academic activities, the details of which Senate will announce, shall commence immediately after the Independence anniversary holiday.

The State Government of Osun on its part said  it is excited that the governing council has reached this decision on the resumption of the institution.

Speaking on Thursday, a governor’s aide who was privy to the negotiations, but who isn’t permitted to speak with the media confirmed to OSUN DEFENDER that the government is excited by the decision to reopen the institution for academic activities.

The Governing Council had in its statement thanked the two owner states for agreeing to provide necessary support to the institution.

“Council thanked the Governors of Oyo and Osun States, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi and Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola respectively, for agreeing to support the University with necessary funds to enable the University to return to its normal work schedule and reinvigorate its latent capacities for accelerated and sustainable growth and development.  Council also appreciated all stakeholders for their understanding and support.

“Council further appealed to students, staff, parents as well as the general public to demonstrate greater faith and dedication to the well-being of the institution, as better days lie ahead of it. Concerted efforts should, therefore, be geared towards ensuring that nothing is allowed to disrupt the normal work of the University again.

 

 

Govt To Review LAUTECH Tuition Fees – Ajimobi

In a bid to make Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, self-sustaining, government will review tuition fees being paid in the institution, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, has announced.

The governor made the announcement on Saturday in Ibadan, while featuring on a programme tagged “Saturday Special’ aired on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS).

LAUTECH is co-owned by both Oyo and Osun state governments.

The institution had in recent times been enmeshed in crisis over the default of the owners to pay subvention and staff salaries.

Ajimobi said his administration had since assumption of office in 2011, paid N22 billion to the institution.

He described the amount being paid as tuition fees in LAUTECH as `abysmal,’ adding that it would be reviewed for the institution to be self-sustaining.

“The default in the payment of subvention and salaries was as a result of economic downturn. When we came on board, we reduced the tuition fees to N65, 000.

“There are secondary schools that charges from N150,000 to N200,000, while some universities charge from N500,000 to two million naira.

“Till date, we have subsidized LAUTECH heavily and we are still giving them.

“Imagine, the institution has 99 accounts and some could not be traced,’’ he said.

The governor said that government had taken steps to resolve the crisis in the university, among which was the auditing of its account to determine its viability to be self-sustaining like other institutions.

He said that staff of the institution had initially refused the auditing firm access but had promised to allow them recently.

Ajimobi said that government had constituted the institution’s governing council which was expected to submit its report after the current holiday.

He promised that the crisis in the university would soon be over and the institution would be given take-off grant for three months.

Commenting on Oyo State Technical University, Ajimobi said that the institution, which would take-off in October, was a specialized institution, adding it was not a university for all.

He said that his administration had evolved several initiatives to reform education in the state, particularly public schools.

He added that the efforts had started to yield the desired fruits.

Osun, Oyo Assemblies Move To Reopen LAUTECH

By Israel Afolabi

The Joint Houses of Assembly Committees on Education in Oyo and Osun states have assured that the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso would soon be reopened for academic activities.

This was the conclusion at the end of the committees’ jointly meeting with the LAUTECH Governing Council, management, Alumnus and other stakeholders.

Briefing Journalists after the meeting, Chairman, Osun House committee on Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi explained that the two houses met to put head together and bring life back to the university, saying, the deliberations at the meeting were centered on how to give the university a new roadmap for the benefits of students.

According to him, “We met to open the school in the shortest possible time”, as he appealed to students to remain calm, saying efforts are being frantically made to reopen the school.

This is just as he assured the government commitment to the university.

Also, the Chairman Oyo House Committee on education, Adegbenga Adeleke assured that the two states are working in accord to reopen the school soonest.

He said, the two Assemblies would meet the Governors of the two states, Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) on the outcome of the meeting and find a way out of the crisis rocking the institution.

We Are Not Sleeping, Start Counting Days Not Weeks For Resumption – LAUTECH Governing Council

By Toba Ajisafe

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Professor Oladapo Afolabi has expressed that the strike action will end in days as the Council had intensified efforts to find a lasting solution to the challenge.

Prof Afolabi made this known at a press conference held at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, College of Health Sciences, Osogbo, Osun State.

According to the address read by Prof Oladapo, “We had our inaugural meeting at the main campus in Ogbomoso, on August 9,2017 and charted for ourselves a 90-day action plan which has started in earnest.

” We are determined to bring LAUTECH to Canaan.

“We have set timelines that are achievable for the activities of Council in handling the challenging task of resuscitating the University and redirecting its resources towards fulfilling the vision of the founding fathers.

” From the various interactions of the Council with the diverse stakeholders, we have realized that we all are on the same page, working towards the same goal.

“We all realized that the Council should spare no efforts to get the University reopen for students to continue with their studies and move on their academic pursuit.

” The Strategic Intervention Team on its own has advised the new Council to interact more closely with the staff members through their Union in order to gain their confidence and boost their morale which was observed to be at low ebbs owing to the nonpayment of their salaries for an upward of ten months.

Prof. Oladapo also declared that the Council is not sleeping nor insensitive to the incessant strike by the staff community of the institution.

Oladapo while responding to questions from journalists said, “Since we were inaugurated, we have called all the stakeholders and with the way we are now, we are closer to the answer than when we started.

“We may not give you a categorical date but we can assure you that, start counting days and not weeks. Let everybody have hope.

“As regard the pattern of funding of the Institution, the take of this Council is that the funding model must change radically. We don’t expect the University to be going cap in hand to the owner State every month if they will fund the School.

“We expect that whatsoever would be provided should be within the basket that enable planning with the resources so that we could also be creative and add value; not just be a body that is just absorbing money.

“We expect that any resource that come to the system is a resource that will provide something that public and humanity will appreciate. He added.

 

Realities And Truth Untold

Condemnations have continued to trail the refusal of the management and labour unions of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho to allow the forensic auditing of the university’s account, as some stakeholders have attributed the main reason behind the continuous strike in the university to the failure to allow proper auditing.

The auditing has been identified as the lasting solution that can be administered to the incessant and the current seeming-not-to-end industrial action by the workers of the institution.

The labour unions of the institution were reported to have frustrated the Accounting Firm, KPMG which was engaged by the two owner states, Osun and Oyo to audit the finances of the university, as part of the recommendations by the Chief Wole Olanipekun visitation panel. Series of drama and threat have thereafter trailed and frustrated this effort to get the institution back on its feet.

The Olanipekun-led panel had found out that the LAUTECH accounts were audited last in 2012, and a sum of N400 million was in question then, just as it revealed that the university runs 97 different accounts, in spite of the Treasury Single Account policy that has since been in vogue as recommended and adopted by the Federal government since 2015.

It was also revealed that the TETFUND and Needs Assessment Funds running into billions of naira have been given to LAUTECH without commensurate research output to show for it.

Besides the alleged prevention of the auditing firm to carry out the audit, the joint labour unions of the institution had filed a suit before an Oyo State High Court to stop the exercise, a situation that had continued to raise suspicion that the management and the labour unions had skeleton in their cupboard and they have ignored the lives of students.

It has been in contention that the university should be able to finance itself without subventions from the owner states, considering the number of students and the fees being charged.  Comparisons have been made with UNIOSUN, another state University completely independent of the State of Osun’s control.

Some of the students and staffers of the institution, who spoke with this medium under the condition of anonymity wondered why such exercise would be frustrated by the labour unions.

A lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology wondered why the management and the unions would be preventing the audit of the university’s account, saying that the action was suspicious.

“It is now clear that the management and we the staff members, particularly the union leaders are the ones preventing the end to the prolonged strike in LAUTECH. Why are we then blaming the government for what we are guilty of?

“The issue of the nationwide strike by ASUU is another discussion, but as for the LAUTECH, if indeed we are sincere about what we are saying, why are we preventing what the government is claiming will bring an end to the prolong strike?

Also, a student in the department of Architecture, who also spoke anonymously, appealed to the labour unions and management of the institution to take the interest of the student as a priority.

“We can blame the government, fine, but the blame now is of the unions and the management who have been resisting the audit of the account. What are they hiding? “The governments of the two states have proffered solution to this crisis. Let us give them that opportunity. It is after they have carried out the audit and nothing is forthcoming that we can be blaming the government’, he stressed.

However, the governments of the two states have continuously called on parents, students and other stakeholders to prevail and plead with the unions to stop frustrating sincere steps of owner governments to get LAUTECH back on track, saying they are not happy and comfortable with the prolonged strike that has kept the Nigeria’s future leaders at home.

Osun Speaker Charges LAUTECH Council On Crisis Resolution

By Israel Afolabi

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam has expressed hope that the trouble with Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) would become history soonest.

In a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika on Wednesday, Salaam while addressing the governing council and Houses of Assembly standing committees of both Oyo and Osun in his office, asserted that with the composition of Professor Oladapo Afolabi-led governing council, the hope for the lasting solution to LAUTECH crisis soonest, appears brighter.

Salaam said it is painful seeing students out school for that long, asking the parties to overhaul the system in the university in such a way that the current crisis would be the last.

He empathized with students and parents for their patience on the messy situation, saying that the restitution should be put in place to assuage their strained nerves on the matter.

Speaking, Chairman House Committee on Education of Osun parliament, Hon. Oladoyin Bamisayemi assured that the school would be reopened at the end of the meetings with all concerned stakeholders.

Oyo, Osun Constitute LAUTECH’s Governing Council

The Oyo and Osun States governments have con­stituted a seven-man Governing Council headed by former Head of Service of the Fed­eration, Prof Oladapo Afolabi, for the embattled Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUT­ECH).

In a statement he issued on Monday, the Secretary to the Oyo State Government (SSG), Mr Ola­lekan Alli, named other mem­bers of the Council as Prof Lai Olurode, Prof Olaide Adedokun, Mr Abiodun AbdulJelil Owoni­koko (SAN), Mr Isiaka Olagoke, Mr Tise Adenipekun and Bade Adesina.

Alli said that Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, acted on the powers conferred on them by the laws establishing the institution as Visitors.

He said that the governors met and approved the immediate con­stitution of the Governing Council of LAUTECH with Afolabi as the Chairman and Pro-Chancellor.

The SSG said that the tenure of the Governing Council, as man­dated by the University Law, shall be four years from the date of its inauguration unless determined by the Visitors.

Alli stressed that the Visitors had also directed the immediate inauguration of the Governing Council, whose mandate shall also be guided by the provisions of the relevant laws establishing the uni­versity.

He added that the Visitors are confident that with this devel­opment, the ongoing crisis in the institution will be resolved and enjoined all the stakehold­ers to cooperate with the new Council in its determination to realise its mandate.

LAUTECH Receives 35Billion in Six Years, Unions Suit Against Independent Auditing Shocking – Osun Govt

The Osun State Government in a statement expressing shock over the suit filed by joint unions of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) to stop the auditing of the university’s accounts, affirmed that over 35 billion naira has accrued to the institution since 2011.

The auditing part of the recommendations of the visitation panel set up to investigate and find lasting solution to the crisis that has crippled the institution.

The government called on parents, students and other stakeholders to prevail and plead with the unions to stop frustrating sincere steps of owner governments to get LAUTECH back on track, saying that it was not happy and uncomfortable with the prolonged strike in the institution.

In a press statement signed by the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the state government maintained that it found the suit instituted by the industrial unions in Oyo State High Court shocking, unheard of and counter-productive.

The commissioner explained that the auditing of the LAUTECH, Ogbomoso accounts was recommended by the Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) led visitation panel, and the two owner states had appointed a reputable accounting firm, KPMG firm to do the job.

He added that the LAUTECH unions, apart from chasing out the KPMG workers in the university, have persistently been working against the recommendation of the Olanipekun panel, except where the owner states were asked to raise fund.

Baderinwa, who observed that the owner states were anxious to resolve issues involved in the institution’s crisis, urged the unions to be sincere and support the owner states in its bid to get the school back on track, describing the suit by the unions as unpatriotic and ill-conceived.

According to Baderinwa, contrary to submission by the unions, the owner states have effective contractual agreement with KPMG on the forensic auditing job.

Baderinwa said: “The last time LAUTECH accounts were audited was in 2012, and a sum of N400 million was in question then. LAUTECH has 97 different accounts at this time of Treasury Single Account policy . The Wole Olanipekun panel recommended auditing of the university’s accounts as a way to address the crisis holistically.

“The Osun and Oyo states entered into effective contractual agreement with KPMG, a reputable auditing firm. KPMG workers were harassed and chased out of the university by the unions. The unions have also gone to court stop the forensic auditing as directed by the visitor of the institution, it is worth noting that the two owner states have committed a total sum of N13.626 billion to the university since 2011 aside over N10 billion that has come to the university as TETFUND and NEEDS as well over N12 billion declared as IGR for about five years now and we deserve every right to find out the way the money was spent.

“We wonder what the unions stand to gain by approaching court to stop the auditing. Do they have something to hide? How could they militate against a genuine and transparent move to get LAUTECH out of the unpleasant situation? We make bold to say that the unions’ action is unbecoming of a group of academicians and patriotic workers of the university. We appeal to them to give peace a chance,” he remarked.