Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde yesterday announced 25 per cent reduction in the tuition fees payable by students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho.
He spoke during an unscheduled visit to the institution.
The governor said the reduction would cut across students, irrespective of their statuses.
Makinde thanked the students for receiving him warmly despite the impromptu nature of his visit.
He said he was happy to fulfil the promise of securing the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State.
The governor said: “I am glad to be back among you. After the 2019 election, I should have returned to say thank you, but I didn’t want to come until I fulfil what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State.
“I am still coming back to spend the night here and we will really celebrate then. But I can leave you with a parting gift for today. Let me tell you, LAUTECH fee is still the lowest in the Southwest.
“Having said that, I will reduce your school fees across board, whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even for new students. There will be a reduction of 25 per cent across the board.”
Makinde, who also spoke at the inauguration of the High Dependency Unit of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, said his administration would build a befitting flyover in Ogbomoso.
He promised to re-engage 170 workers of the teaching hospital, who were relieved of their employment by the previous administration, saying his government will pay their five- month salary arrears.