THE governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has explained the reason why the owner-state governments of Oyo and Osun appointed the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, as Chancellor of the university.
He made this known at the 8th inauguration ceremony of LAUTECH Governing Council held in the school on Friday. According to the governor, Senator Tinubu possessed an international network that would impact positively on the school and lift it to an international level which was envisaged for it by its founding fathers.
He also commended the Governing Council being inaugurated as comprising eminent Nigerians who had made their marks in all walks of life. Governor Ajimobi noted that the ingenuity and the pedigree of the governors of the two owner states had halted the crises that had hitherto almost consumed the institution before their advent.
While expressing the commitment of the two ownerstates to making LAUTECH a world class institution, the governor also stressed the need for the university to take its pride of place in the comity of universities as a world-class institution. Governor Ajimobi congratulated the new Governing Council members on the appointment and charged them to use their intellectual endowment to lift the institution to greater heights.
The governor told the audience that he was not in conflict with his predecessor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala who hailed from the university town, stating that, in the administration of Oyo State, the people could decipher the character and quality of both personalities in the administration of the state.
Also speaking, his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola charged the governing council to run the institution in such a way that it would impact positively on the society. He particularly charged them to proffer solutions to some of the problems currently confronting the country such as youth unemployment, lack of power supply and lack of potable water supply.
This, he said, was the only way the university could justify its establishment and actualize the dream of its founding fathers. Governor Aregbesola also charged the council to mobilize resources for the university as against the past system which saw the institution depending absolutely on the two owner states as the only source of revenue.
In his acceptance speech, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Professor Wale Omole thanked the visitor-governors of the university – Ajimobi and Aregbesola – for the appointment.