By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The tuition fees of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) have been slashed by 25 per cent by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, announced this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The statement said during an unscheduled visit to the institution in Ogbomoso, the Governor disclosed that the reduction would cut across all students irrespective of their statuses.
“I am glad to be back among you. After the 2019 election, I should have returned to say thank you to you but I didn’t want to come until I fulfil what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State.
“I am still coming back to spend the night here and we will really celebrate then but I can leave you with a parting gift for today.
“Let me tell you, the LAUTECH tuition fees is still the lowest in the entire South-West but having said that, I will reduce your fee across board; whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even new students. There will be a reduction of 25 per cent across board,” Mr Makinde announced.
The Governor explained that part of his electioneering campaign was to fix Under-G/Stadium road with street light so as to prevent students from being molested, robbed and killed by miscreants. He said the road has been completed and is now being used by residents and students.
Mr Makinde stated that from now on, a four-year programme in LAUTECH will not be turned to eight years again.
“Again, if you remember, during my electioneering campaign in 2019, I promised you that we will fix Under-Stadium road so that none of our students will get killed on the main road. Now, the road is fixed and you have the street light installed.
“The securing of the sole ownership of the university means, never again will a four-year programme turn into an 8-year programme in LAUTECH,” he said.
The Governor, who equally spoke at the commissioning of the High Dependency Unit of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, said that his administration would construct a befitting flyover in Ogbomoso.
He also reassured the re-engaged 170 staff of the teaching hospital who were relieved of their employment by the previous administration that the current government will pay their five months’ salary arrears.