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Oyetola, Omisore, Others Pledge To Solve LAUTECH Crisis



As the September 22 Osun State Governorship Election draws nearer, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alh. Gboyega Oyetola has reiterated his resolve to sustain the commitment of Osun State to the jointly owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

He disclosed that his victory in the election will means that the people want the good works of outgoing governor, Rauf Aregbesola to continue.

Oyetola made this known during the first live debate by four of the leading candidates in the September 22 governorship election in Osogbo, the state capital.

The governorship hopefuls slugged it out at the debate organized by the Yoruba service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) at the Osogbo campus of Osun State University.

Only four candidates participated in the debate. They are Oyetola (APC), Sen. Iyiola Omisore (Social Democratic Party, SDP), Moshood Adeoti (African Democratic Party, ADP), and Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Oyetola who cited the recently released N1 billion to the LAUTECH as part of the state’s obligation, when asked what he would do to solve the problem of the institution, insisted that the state was performing its duties to the institution.

According to The Nation, Omisore said he would facilitate a round table with the Oyo State Government and the management of the institution to take decisions on the way forward. He said he would not just lead Osun State out of the university but ensure that all thorny issues are addressed properly to allow the institution function maximally. Pulling out of joint ownership of LAUTECH would only be the last resort, he said. The institution is jointly owned by Osun and Oyo states.

Oyetola stated that for Osun State to be able to achieve the feet of Lagos State as achieved, there was the need to keep APC in government in the state.

In his own contributions, Adeoti promised to introduce incentives to attract teachers to rural areas. This, he said, would address migration of teachers from rural to urban areas which leaves rural schools struggling.

To enhance transparency and curb corruption, Akinbade promised to introduce due process in government dealings.

All of them promised to clear salary arrears of workers if voted on September, 22.

Joshua Oyenigbehin is an introvert who is passionate about Storytelling, writing and teaching. He sees his imagination as an unsearchable world, more magical than a fairyland. He has written a novel and working on another.