The governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has told protesting students of Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology, LAUTECH, to do their worst.
The angry governor was addressing the students who had stormed the government house to protest the continued closure of their school since the past eight months.
Speaking in Yoruba and English languages, Ajimobi said: “you’re complaining that your school has been shut for eight months, am I the one that closed the school?”
“If this is how you want to talk to me, then go and do your worst.
“If you want to be troublesome, I dare you. I’m ready for you. Let’s see what will happen.”
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The governor continued: “What we’re saying is that some of you should have a little respect for constituted authority, no matter what.”
At this point one of the protesters reminded the governor that the students have been at home for 8 months, to which he replied, “this is not the first time that schools will be shut.
So what?” “It’s not for you to come and sing ‘it will be tough this time”, tough on who? Me?”
A protester answered “yes” and the governor ordered his security men to “get me that boy”. When the students refused for one of them to be taken, Ajimobi told the police men to “leave him.”
And he continued: “Let me tell you this, we must face the reality. The reality on ground is, number one, your (school) management, the Oyo State government and many governments, they lack fund.
“If they lack fund, they must find a way to help the students.
“But if you come here and you’re shouting at me, I’m not going to talk to you.
“And if you want to make trouble, go ahead. This government will not tolerate nonsense from anybody,” he vowed.
The strike in LAUTECH started as a result of ownership dispute between Oyo and Osun States.
Both State governments seem to be bickering over who pays the university’s staff the backlog of salary arrears that’s being owed them.
But the Oyo State governor, Ajimobi, told newsmen last week that he has agreed with his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, for both states to contribute funds and clear the debts.
He said; “The crux of the matter is that government lacks funds. I’m sure all of you are aware of the mounting financial difficulties confronting the country, in which we have a fair share.
“Nevertheless, we (Oyo and Osun states) have reached a solid agreement on how to contribute funds to start with.
“We are contributing an initial N250million each as allocation to LAUTECH to achieve the set goal of getting the university reopened.
“This is in continuation of our continuous search for every opportunity to improve education standards in the states.”