Oyo PDP has blamed APC, while commended Makinde over LAUTECH.
News Rain Nigeria gathered that the Oyo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday 22 November 2020, commended Governor Makinde over his achievement on sole administration of Ladooke Akintola University Of Technology Ogbomoso.
The Pace Setter State PDP, through a statement from its spokesperson Engr. Akeem Olatunji stressed that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has been responsible for the age-long crisis that has been rocking the institution.
Oyo PDP Blame APC For LAUTECH Crisis, Commend Makinde For Taking Over
Engr. Akeem in a statement which a copy was made available to the News Rain Nigeria Correspondent in Ibadan the Capital City of the State, stressed that the LAUTECH crisis which started with the emergence of the APC government in 2011 became even worse as a result of a letter from the then Governor of the State, Late Senator Abiola Ajimobi leading to workers embarking on series of strikes as a protest against non-payment of accumulated salaries despite the huge available funds at the disposal of the then government was totally avoidable if the last administration had been sincere with the institution.
Engr. Akeem maintained that the situation of the Institution was not as bad as it is now between 2011 to 2019 when the APC government-imposed not less than N3000 (three thousand naira) per student in all public schools across the state and still owed teachers and civil servants salaries running into many months let alone pensioners and retirees getting any benefit for their meritorious service to the state.
“It is on record that the last administration under APC government wrote a letter to all tertiary institutions in the state including LAUTECH with evil and mischievous intents, stating that institutions should cease to expect subventions, whether for arrears, current or future expenses in running their various institutions.
Akeem according to the statement noted that the APC government under Ajimobi led administration cruelly went ahead to reduce subvention to the schools from 100 percent to 25% as its show of concern to augment whatever the schools were able to generate on their own to run their affairs at the detriment of the students in pursuit of higher education and workers working for decent and reasonable earnings.
The PDP Oyo Chapter however declared that the State Governor Seyi Makinde has attained another milestone by finally laying to rest the age-long avoidable crisis that has been battling with the Institution.
The State PDP through a statement that stressed that Governor Makinde has continued to fix up the rot in the Oyo state educational system occasioned by what the party described as insensitivity of last administration coupled with gross maladministration followed by sheer bereavement of developmental ideas.
Akeem said, the entire PDP family and the good people of Oyo state especially parents and students in tertiary institutions have been basking in the euphoria of celebration since the news of the transfer of sole ownership of LAUTECH was announced by the Nigerian University Commission, NUC, yesterday 20th November 2020.
He said, “The ‘mission restore Oyo to its Pacesetter’s glory of first among equals’ by the Seyi Makinde led government of PDP started even before the 2019 governorship election which was why it was easy to quickly move from a well-articulated blueprint to Implementation of our blueprint and the obvious results within less than 18 months in government.
We also wish to express our profound gratitude to all stakeholders, particularly, the NUC for its gallantry in the entire process of transfer of ownership to the Oyo state government, and we assure that our government will swing into the next phase of repositioning the institution to reclaim its lost glory.
The statement stated further that PDP as a party and the people of Oyo state is forever grateful to governor Seyi Makinde for possessing such a rare heart of gold by providing this type of purposeful leadership making it look like baba Awolowo is back with us in another form.
“This day will remain a very special day in our hearts and the Oyo state political history not because Governor Makinde who is notable for breaking jinxes and records even where his predecessor failed, but by successfully Marshalling smooth take over of LAUTECH which was formerly co-owned by Oyo and Osun states as well as restoring hope and trust of the masses in PDP government. Akeem explained.