Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde has directed Michael Ologunde, vice-chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), to step aside from his office.
In a letter dated April 16, 2021, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Oyo commissioner for education, science and technology, disclosed that Governor Makinde also directs the vice-chancellor to hand over to the next principal officer.
But Olaleye, did not provide a reason for the governor’s decision.
“His Excellency, Engineer Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde, Governor of Oyo State and Visitor to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has directed that the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor M.O. Ologunde, should step aside until further notice,” the letter reads.
“Consequently, the Vice Chancellor has been directed to hand over forthwith to the next Principal Officer in rank in order to ensure uninterrupted flow of normal activities in the university.”
Ologunde, who is a professor of food science and engineering, was appointed in December 2018.
His appointment happened months after LAUTECH was officially conceded to Oyo, following a consensus was reached between Oyo and Osun states.
Abubakar Rasheed, executive secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), had announced the disunion of the joint ownership of the varsity in November 2020.
“The mutually agreed dissolution was formalised through the signing of a memorandum of agreement by the executive governors of Oyo and Osun states, witnessed by the attorneys-general of both states, giving legal effect to the transfer of ownership of LAUTECH to Oyo state and the College of Health Sciences to the government of Osun state,” Rasheed had said.