Osun State Government has said the ceding of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso to Oyo State will not threaten the jobs of its indigenes in the university in any way.
The Osun State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, gave this assurance in a statement in Osogbo on Saturday,
The commissioner also said the new terms of management spelt out by the National Universities Commission was in no way skewed against the state.
She explained that under the new management, students of the university, who are Osun State indigenes would not be subjected to fees or admission differentials, as they would pay the same tuition fees as their Oyo counterparts.
The statement read in parts, “Both Osun and Oyo states have mutually agreed that the joint ownership of LAUTECH be formally dissolved following extensive mediation by the National Universities Commission (NUC), on the need to restore tranquillity and conducive learning environment in both institutions. The decision became necessary as a result of governance and management challenges.
“All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.
“The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.
“Osun Students will also not be subjected to fees or admission differentials. They will pay the same tuition fees as their Oyo counterparts.
“The agreement ceded the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and all its assets to Osun. Therefore, all landed properties and movable assets located at the College of Health Sciences in Osogbo, including Mercyland Hospital and are now properties of the State of Osun. LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, which is an independent organisation, has not been affected by this dissolution, and will therefore continue to render necessary services to our people.”
Also, the management of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, has said the hospital will continue to discharge its duties because its status was not in any way affected by the dissolution of the joint ownership of the university.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Peter Olaitan, said this in a separate statement.
He said, ” The hospital will continue to render its services as ever as the government of Osun state has promised to continue to give necessary support.
“Towards this end, all stakeholders concerned about the services in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo are hereby informed that the hospital will continue to function unabated and its operations will continue as scheduled.
“Our numerous patients, staff, trainees and indeed the public should remain calm as we will continue to render our services as expected.”
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