Over N22bn has been expended on the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) since 2011. The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, disclosed this on Thursday.
Professor Olowofela, speaking during a Ministerial Press Briefing, held at the Film Theatre, Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, explained that N10.5bn has been spent on LAUTECH as an institution, N8.317bn expended on LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso while N3.17bn has been spent on LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo from 2011 to 2017.
He also said that the institution’s Governing Council which was inaugurated recently, was already arriving at a lasting solution to the crisis rocking the institution.
Prof. Olowofela said that the forensic audit is for all the tertiary institutions in the state to know the state of their finances, saying that the tertiary institution’s fees will be reviewed as the present fees being paid are highly subsidized by the government.
He said: “It is a wrong insinuation to say that we are care free about the LAUTECH crisis. We are not happy with the situation in the school but there is good news already. The unions have agreed to the forensic audit recommended by the visitation panel and the crisis is coming to an end with lasting solutions. The governing council is meeting the unions and stakeholders of the institution on a regular basis.
“Tertiary institutions’ fees are being subsidized by the state government. For instance, A 300-level student at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education as at now is paying N8,000.00 and the highest fee being paid in LAUTECH is less than N70,000.00. We all know what the economy is saying and we are aware what is being paid in other government institutions and private ones. We are subsidizing fees paid in institutions in the state and we are committed to quality education for all. We want to assure our stakeholders in the education sector that the LAUTECH and other crisis in the sector will be resolved in due course”.
Prof. Olowofela also noted that the state government was carrying out a “surgical operation” in the education sector.
The Commissioner pointed out that The Technical University, Ibadan (TechU) will be self-financing, saying that the government is just midwifing the university that will develop the vocational skills of its students and promote technical education.