The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has sacked the LAUTECH Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Ologunde.
This was stated in a letter dated 16th of April, 2021, signed by the State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye.
In the letter, Professor Michael was ordered to step aside until further notice.
“His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State and the visitor to the Ladoke Akintola University, has directed that the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. M. O. Ologunde should step aside until further notice.”
By consequential, he was directed to hand-over to the next officer in hierarchy, principally to ensure the normal flow of activities in the institution.
The reason behind this sack is hidden, but, it is probably connected to the non-indigenous of the VC.
Professor Michael Ologunde is by birth a citizen of Osun State. He attained the position of the Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH when the school was jointly owned by Oyo and Osun.
Recently, rumours have been flowing around that Seyi Makinde woundn’t agrees to the MoU of the partition of LAUTECH ownership.
In the MoU, both states agreed that there will be job security for the staff whose Osun is their Origin. Similarly, students whose origin is Osun will be able to enjoy indigenous offer.
The contravening of the Memorandum of Understanding was clearly shown in the list of admitted students released by LAUTECH. Their decision is to admit 20% candidates on merit, 60% from catchment state which is Oyo State and 20% randomly. Osun was completely sidelined.
The indigenous entitlement enjoyed by students from both states has also been planned to stop. For instance, students from both states who are considered indigent pay N140,000 tuition fee annually as contrary to their counterparts.
However, this is a complete derailment from the order of the MoU.
Also, his sack might be connected with with the accusation by Makinde that the vice-chancellor instigated workers to agitate payment of their unpaid salaries.
With the look of things, crises may loom anytime soon, as Osun indigenes who are in LAUTECH will stand for their lot.