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LAUTECH May Hike Student Fees Ahead Of Planned January Resumption

The Ladoke Akintola
University of Technology,
LAUTECH, Ogbomosho
appears set to resume in
January as the owner states
of the university consider the
report of a panel they set up
on the crisis that has kept
students away since June.
Multiple sources, however,
told PREMIUM TIMES that a
key recommendation of the
panel is an increase in
tuition and other fees to
shore up internally generated
revenue as a solution to the
recurrent funding challenges
of the university.
Another recommendation,
said the sources, would be to
share out the faculties to the
owner states under a new
funding arrangement.
The Academic Staff Union of
Universities, Non-Academic
Staff Union, and Senior Staff
Association of Nigerian
Universities in the university
had declared a strike on June
9 to protest inadequate funds
to run the institution and pay
the workers.
LAUTECH is jointly owned by
Oyo and Osun, the two states
that constituted old Oyo State
before Osun was excised in
1991 to form a separate state.
PREMIUM TIMES can
exclusively report that the
visitation panel set up by the
governments of the two states
has concluded its work and is
about to submit its report.
A member of the committee,
who pleased anonymity,
confirmed the development.
The spokesman of the
university, Lekan Fadeyi, in a
chat with PREMIUM TIMES
said there was confidence the
protracted crisis was coming
to a close and that the
management was waiting for
the directive to reopen the
university.
Mr. Fadeyi cited the visitation panel as a
demonstration of the seriousness Oyo
and Osun state governments attached to
resolving the crisis.

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