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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

COURT DECLARE, LAUTECH OWNERSHIP TO OYO AND OSUN STATE

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The apex court on Monday also ruled that both States should mutually run the school’s administration.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN,` Justice Dahiru Musdapher, delivering the court’s judgment, upheld the terms of settlement agreed to by the two states.

It will be recalled that the two states had been  in a long drawn battle over who had the authority to run the university.

This led the immediate past governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, to approve some appointments in the university, including that of the office of the Vice-Chancellor, when the tenure of the holder from Osun State was yet to expire.
When the matter came up, on Monday, counsel for Osun State, Yusuf Ali, said the two states had found a common ground and had resolved to forge a common ground in the interest of the institution.
The Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adebayo Ojo, also confirmed that the agreement was duly entered into by governments of both states.
The terms of settlement agreed upon by the states, which became the judgment of the Supreme Court, was dated March 22, 2012 and was signed by the attorneys-general of the states.

The court ordered that “the governor of Oyo State could not, within the provisions of sections 2 and 15 of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Law, 1990 (as amended), unilaterally take any decision on the appointment or otherwise of the principal officers, personnel, finances, fixed and floating assets of the university without the agreement, concurrence and express permission of the governor of Osun State. That the Oyo State Government could not dissolve, abrogate, annul, tamper with or revoke the provisions of the law setting up LAUTECH.”
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