The crisis rocking the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, yesterday took a new turn, following the directive of the Oyo State House of Assembly that staff of the institution who are Oyo State indigenes should report at the newly established teaching hospital of the university in Ogbomosho, Oyo State.
In compliance with the directive, workers who are indigenes of Oyo State at the teaching hospital arm of the university in Osogbo withdrew their services en mass to relocate to Ogbomosho.
About ten 18-seater buses and some private cars left the premises of the teaching hospital, Osogbo, at about 9.00am yesterday, to report in Ogbomoso.
The university, which was established in 1990, is jointly owned by Oyo and Osun governments. Trouble started last year when the Oyo State government started the construction of another teaching hospital for the university at Ogbomoso, which prompted the Osun State government to express fear over the action.
The crisis was debated at the Oyo State House of Assembly last Tuesday, leading to its directive that the state government should disengage from the joint ownership of the institution.
The house also directed all its indigenes working in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, to report yesterday to Ogbomoso, for further directive from the management of the institution.
Act of illegality
It also resolved that all academic staff members of the University Teaching Hospital and College of Health Sciences, Osogbo, who are non-indigenes of Oyo State, and are willing to take up employment with the management of LAUTECH should also report to the management at Ogbomoso yesterday.
It was gathered that the house took the decision as part of the state’s moves to severe joint ownership of LAUTECH with Osun State.