Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of YSEG Hotels and Suites in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Hon. Olayinka Oladimeji Segelu, has applauded the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, for his remarkable efforts that culminated in the resolution of the ownership crisis bedeviling the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso.
The governments of Oyo and Osun states have been at loggerhead over ownership and funding of LAUTECH, a development which had adversely impacted on the growth and development of the institution as well as the students for many years.
Segelu, a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who contested for LageluAkinyele federal constituency seat in 2015, insisted that the return of LAUTECH to Oyo State could have been impossible, but for Makinde’s pragmatic and purposeful leadership.
He siad, “It is gratifying and heartwarming to see that the various steps taken by His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde, towards the resolution of LAUTECH’s ownership crisis, upon assumption of office as the governor of Oyo State, have yielded fruitful results.
“I join other well-meaning citizens of Oyo State to appreciate and commend him for achieving what the different past governments could not achieve in many years in under 18 months in office.
“This achievement, no doubt, will be on record forever, as one of the things for which Oyo people would continue to remember him, even after leaving office at the expiration of his two terms of eight years as Oyo governor.”
Reiterating that “Makinde promised the people of Oyo that he was going to do everything possible to end the LAUTECH ownership tussle between Oyo and Osun states,” Segelu said that the governor wasted no time to swing into action, setting up different committees to that effect.
He added, “Today, the issues have been finally resolved and LAUTECH is now back under the full control of our dear state. I am confident that our proactive governor would do all he can for us to restore the lost glory of the institution, which was established in 1990, before the creation of Osun State in 1991 from the old Oyo, leading to the joint ownership of LAUTECH.
“The truth is that Oyo State has always been blessed with people with brain, who can perform wonderfully well if given the chance to govern. Unfortunately we failed to get it right in our leadership recruitment, since the current democratic dispensation came into being in 1999. Thank God we finally got it right with the election of Governor Makinde in 2019.
“His exceptionally outstanding and sterling performance within a short period in office is a testament to the fact that the good people of Oyo State did not make mistake to settle for him in last year’s general election. Every office seeker should emulate Governor Makinde in developmental projects. I pray God to continue to strengthen and direct him as he keeps piloting the affairs of Oyo State in the right direction.”
Appealing to Makinde to locateThe a satellite campus of the university in Lagelu Local Government Are aid Oyo State, the businessman-turned-politician, however, noted that “the area council has the landmass and road network for such development. God bless Makinde.