The Executive Director Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke has said there is need for both Oyo and Osun State Govenors, Engineer Seyi Makinde and Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola respectively to device a peaceful resolution on the ownership and funding crisis rocking the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
Adegoke, who is the Mogaji of Abose compound in Olubadan traditional lineage said this gesture would go a long way in finding lasting solution to the reccurence crisis that has been rocking the institution since the creation of Osun state from the old Oyo state.
He maintained that peaceful accord would also be a demonstration that the two leaders are capable and living up to the demands of their offices.
It could be recalled that joint ownership and financial contributions of both States have been generating controversies since the time of former governors Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun.
Mogaji Adegoke was of the opinion that peaceful resolution would make the institution stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.
Mogaji Adegoke implored the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution self-sustaining like other universities which, necessitated that both states need to work together on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as working at cross purposes.
According to him, “there is need for both the governors of Oyo and Osun states to sit down as brothers and look into the problems rather than allow intruders to come in between them.
“If both governors, the governing council and management team meet, they will be able to dissect the problem properly and jointly proffer solutions on the way forward.
“The management should also, look at the possibility of convening a tripartite meeting which will comprise of permanent secretaries of Education, Finance and Justice ministries with their respective commissioners in attendance to look at all the nitty-gritty of what has been causing disagreement between the two states.
“I want the two governors to realise that the indigenes of the two states are brothers and sisters, and in Yorubaland it is always a wise decision when amicable resolution takes place between the aforementioned relations without involving third parties.
“In the wise, both governors should demonstrate maturity for which they have been known for in resolving this present logjam without much ado in the interest of the students who are our children and future leaders.