Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, have appealed to the Federal Government to take over the school.
The students made the appeal on Thursday at the National Assembly on the second day of their sit out at the entrance to the Assembly in Abuja to call attention to the protracted crisis that has kept the university shut since last year.
A large contingent of the students had arrived Abuja at 8 p.m on Tuesday and encamped at the main entrance to the National Assembly until Thursday afternoon after drawing the attention of the federal lawmakers.
Some of the students who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday explained that the two owner states of the university, Oyo and Osun, have been unwilling and unable to fund LAUTECH since they established their individual state universities.
The students’ union president, Bakare Olatunde, said the students decided to take their protest to Abuja to draw the attention of the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the country to intervene and proffer a lasting solution to the problems that have crippled the university.
He said the House Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and some members of the House had addressed them and promised to help in finding a lasting solution to the crisis.
“We were told that the Federal Government cannot adopt a school without going through a formal procedure because we are in a democratic era, but the legislators said they are already working on the issue as it has been raised in the House.”