The Oyo State Government has announced its decision to rename the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
On Tuesday, the Oyo State Government approved a bill titled ‘2022 LAUTECH Amendment Bill’ to change the institution to a conventional University rather than just a technological institution.
The Bill which is to be forwarded to the Oyo State house of assembly is meant to accommodate other fields of study with the institution name changed to ‘Ladoke Akintola University.
LAUTECH Set for Name Change
The state’s Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, stated that LAUTECH Amendment Bill when passed into law, will enable the institution to offer courses in different fields of studies outside the field of technology, and also allow the establishment of more courses in Humanities, Law and other fields of studies.
Prof Oyewo said, “We have a bill that has been proposed and approved by Exco, for onward transmission to the Oyo State House of Assembly, to amend the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Law, to reflect the proposed change in the current status of the institution from a technical university to a conventional one.
“This is to enable the institution to offer courses in Humanities, Law and other fields for qualified candidates, as approved by National Universities Commission, NUC.
“So, the bill, in essence, seeks to amend the name of the university to Ladoke Akintola University (LAU) instead of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).”
The commissioner added that the amendment will enable the institution to have more campuses and offer courses in Social Sciences, Management, Law, Education and other fields.
Prof Oyewo noted that the bill would also help to encourage scholarship and promote research in all fields of learning.
“The law will be Ladoke Akintola University Amendment Law 2022 and that is what has been approved by Exco to be communicated to the Oyo State House of Assembly for debate, processing and passing.”
“The Commissioner noted that the Governor of Oyo State Seyi Makinde, upon deliberations in the Exco, came up with the name L.A.U. and that the university should be addressed as L.A.U once the bill is passed into law.”