Alumni inaugurates initiative to reposition LAUTECH
Written by Wande on November 10, 2017
Some stakeholders in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, have lauded the ‘FundLAUTECH’ initiative, urging wealthy Nigerians and others to emulate such.
Those who spoke in Ibadan on Friday said that such initiative would help reposition education in the country as government alone could not fund the sector.
The initiative was launched on June 12 by five alumni of the institution led by Mr Bayo Adeyinka.
Other members of the team are Mr Ropo Egbeleke, Mr Sola Kolawole, Mr Olatunde Ajayi-Ope and Mr Saheed Adetunmbi.
The team recently handed over N9.4m to the institution as proceeds from the “crowdfunding initiative’’.
The proceed of the crowdfunding initiative, including the bank statement and website, were received by the Chairman, LAUTECH Governing Council, Profesor Oladapo Afolabi, and Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin, the Vice-Chancellor.
Adeyinka, the Chief initiator stated that the effort was to raise a billion naira to offset three months salary arrears of the institution’s striking workers.
Mr Samsom Owoyokun, the Public Relations Officer, LAUTECH Alumni Association, commended the initiators for the huge sacrifices and uncommon truthfulness they exhibited.
“I salute their courage. They stake their names and integrity to salvage our Alma mater at the most crucial moment it needed help.
“They brought the issue of LAUTECH to the front burner of political discourse through their creativity and ingenuity.
“I am of the firm belief and opinion that if such idea was not incubated, the solutions may not have come very quickly as we can see now,” he said.
Owoyokun described the effort as a wakeup call to other members of the alumni association to bring workable ideas to the table and stop the era of armchair criticism.
He stated that the fund raised by the team would solve some perennial problem associated with the issuance of a transcript, saying generations yet unborn will remember the effort and act of kindness.
Afolabi and Gbadegesin while receiving the cheque from the initiators appreciated the team for their efforts, describing it as laudable.
Afolabi urged the team not to wind up their activities, saying the institution still needed their support to attain the desired heights.
“We want LAUTECH to rise again and we have to give a roadmap to achieve this; our target is to see the university rank among the best in the world.
“You have done very well; with your initiative, you have run ahead of us.
“We are waiting for the KPMG report after which we will collate the suggestions of all stakeholders,” he said.
Gbadegesin also appealed to the team not to wind up, adding they have started a beautiful and laudable project.
“We appreciate your donation. It is not enough for you to donate money and not see to its proper and judicious utilisation for purposes it is meant for,” he said.
Some parents and students who spoke to NAN also commended the initiative, urging others to emulate such efforts aimed at repositioning the institution.