Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, has announced a 25 percent reduction in the tuition payable by students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
In a statement on Tuesday, Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to the governor, said he made the announcement during an unscheduled visit to the institution in Ogbomoso.
According to the governor, the reduction will cut across all students of the institution regardless of their levels and states of origin.
“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 fulfill what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State,” he was quoted as saying.
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 fee is still the lowest in the entire South-West.
“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.”
Makinde added that as earlier promised, he has also completed the Under-G/Stadium road in the institution with street lights to prevent students from being molested, robbed, and killed by miscreants.
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring a four-year programme at the institution does not drag for as long as eight.
Makinde also reassured the re-engaged 170 staff of the varsity’s teaching hospital — who were relieved of their employment by the previous administration — that his government will pay their five months salary arrears.