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LAUTECH: A university struggling with its past and future
The crisis rocking Ladoke Akintola University of Technology appears intractable as the institution remains shut for more than 10 months while the two owner-state governments –Oyo and Osun – battle for its soul, leaving students and staff in a helpless situation, writes Head, Education Desk, Iyabo Lawal. The July chilly wind blew the open, broken window aimlessly as its rusty hinge creaked. The lecture room was littered with dirt, upturned desks and benches. The scribbled words on the chalkboard had metamorphosed into blurry white matter. Giant spiders had spun formidable cobwebs at various corners of the class and on the ceiling where the decrepit ceiling fan rotated reluctantly to the wind. Samson Akinloye, a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), turned his gaze away from the room and shook his head in angst. He kicked the air with his left foot. “The school management, the two owner-state governments (Osun and Oyo) and everybody involved in this mess are irresponsible. Is it because we are not their children? They are toying with the lives of more than 20,000 youths?

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