A governorship on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has said that all state-owned tertiary institutions have become glorified secondary schools since Governor Abiola Ajimobi assumed power.
The oil magnate said it was shameful that the government of Oyo and Osun states can go through the back door to increase tuition fees at Ladoke Akintola University, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, in spite of what the students have gone through in the past 5 years.
This is just as Makinde said the incessant strike at LAUTECH has led to the “de-acreditation of courses that add value to the life of our youths and aid promising future as well as growth and development.”
Makinde described the decision as insensitive and wicked, promising to reverse the decision come May next year and do the needful concerning the long suffering institutions.
He also described the attempt by the National Assembly to pass the Press Council Bill as removing the very tool that feeds democracy.
In a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Makinde compared the bill to Decee 4 of 1984 that enabled the public execution of some Nigerians by the military junta.
The statement said that the refusal of Oyo state government to implement the Freedom of Information Bill FOI encouraged the obnoxious anti press freedom bill which must be condemned by all lovers of democracy.