There is fresh hope that the industrial action rocking Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State would soon be a matter of past. The new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi gave the hint in Osogbo on Monday.
Prof. Afolabi while speaking at a press conference held in Osogbo, Osun State Capital, expressed satisfaction on the achievement of the council so far. He stated that the resolution to the crisis has gone so far that the school would be opened for normal academic activities in some days' time. He, however, accepted that the Administrators of the institution had caused the staff members of the university to lose confidence due to non-payment of their 10 months statuette. He, therefore, disclosed that the new council is interacting closely with the staff of the school unions to regain their confidence and rocket their morale.
Among the unions being put into consideration by the new governing council are the Student Union, Staff Unions of the university, the government of the state of Osun and Oyo and other stakeholders including Oyo State former governor Adebayo Alao Akala, the Soun of Ogbomoso, former vice-chancellors of the institution among others. Prof. Afolabi raised hope that the crisis would be finally resolved very soon.
Prof. Afolabi disclosed that various resolution meetings have been held with concerned unions, parent forum and audition of the school account has been awarded to an auditing firm, KPMG who he said would be submitting a technical report of their audit in a matter of days.
The press conference was attended by the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, Prof. Lai Olurode and principal officers of the institution including all members of the new governing council.