Osun State House of Assembly has lauded the governors of Osun and Oyo states, Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi, for the peaceful resolution of the controversy about ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
In a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly said the gesture of the two leaders had demonstrated that they are living up to the demands of their offices.
The assembly noted that conflicts cannot be ruled out in any human settings even among siblings but allowing conflict not to degenerate to crisis was a responsibility of the leadership.
This resolution, according to the assembly, would make the institution stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.
“We have always said that Oyo and Osun states are creation of the law and constitution and would not do anything that would contravene the same constitution over the joint ownership of LAUTECH.”
“LAUTECH is also created by law and unless that law is jointly amended by the two states, none of the two states can arrogate to herself the sole ownership of the institution.
“Those fanning the ember of discord needed to be educated on this and desist from causing disharmony between the two states and their people over the institution.
“It was a privilege that the institution is located in Ogbomosho, and that privilege must be properly explored by the hosting community for economic development,” it said.
The assembly then charged the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution self-sustaining like other universities.
The parliament further noted that LAUTECH had created for itself a name that would continue to place it in the lead among its peers, saying, the advantage must be properly utilised.
It said the management of the institution must strive very hard to maintain the lead that the university had secured.
Osun Assembly also expressed the need for the two houses to work together on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as groups working at cross purposes.
It then appealed to the workers who have been on strike since the commencement of the ownership crisis to return to work in the interest of the students, host community and the people of the two states.