By Jamiu Ganiyu
The Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has berated its counterpart in Osun, Governor Gboyega Oyeyola over his non-commitment to the payment of workers of the joint state owned tertiary institution, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
Governor Makinde made this known last night at a media chat in Ibadan, incommemoration of his one hundred days in office. While speaking specifically on his administration commitment to the welfare of workers.
He said his administration has done his part of the principle of joint ownership of the institution but Osun is failing in its responsibility and he has spoken with Osun Governor about the matter.
In his words, Makinde said, “Yesterday, the governing council came to see me and we discussed all these. We’ve signed for worker payments but since it’s owned by both Osun and Oyo states, unfortunately Osun state has not paid. This can not continue”
Governor Seyi Makinde lamented why the plan to split the jointly owned state institution signed by Akala and Oyinlola was never implemented.
“The plan to split was signed between Akala and Oyinlola but we don’t know why it wasn’t implemented”
Makinde however expressed his administration’s desire to pay Osun share because he doesn’t want the students of the institutions who have always been the victims to suffer.
“Oyo State will have to pay the salary of LAUTECH (Osun’s share) because I don’t want the students to suffer”
He reiterated the commitment of his government to seeing the institution being split if that would be the permanent solution to the problems.
If we have to split up, then so be it, I won’t shy away from this divorce. LAUTECH is very important to Ogbomoso”, he concluded.
LAUTECH is a joint owned institution, Oyo is said to be responsible for the payment of salary of workers of the institution from January to June of every calendar year while Osun pays that of July to December.
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