By NBF News

Osun State government has stressed that the appointment of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran as the school's acting vice chancellor by the university's Visitor was normal and regular.

This, according to the state government,was in accordance with the regulation of the edict that set up the university, moreso when there was no Governing Council for the university as the term of the last council had expired since March 22, 2008.

It further said it would not allow illegal persons and bodies to run the affairs of the university jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states, even as it disclosed that it had got a letter from governor Akala in which the Oyo state governor declared himself as the permanent Visitor of LAUTECH.

A statement issued by Lasisi Olagunju, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in a reaction to reports of Ojediran declining to act as Vice Chancellor of LAUTECH, explained that the Osun State government understood the circumstances under which he was made to decline to act two days after he got the appointment letter.

The statement added that asking the deputy vice chancellor of the university to act as the Vice Chancellor was an administrative procedure made expressly automatic by the university's statutes, adding that with the decision of Ojediran on wednesday, the university no longer had a legal vice chancellor to oversee its affairs.

Olagunju added that it was in an effort to avoid usurpers claiming the vice chancellorship of the university that the makers of the university's laws made it clear and automatic that the deputy vice chancellor should act as the vice chancellor whenever the latter proceeded on leave or was otherwise unable to function for whatever reason.

The statement noted that Prince Oyinlola as the visitor, intervened by invoking the relevant laws to save the university from the needless embarrassment of having a university without a Vice Chancellor and one being run by an illegal Council the term of which expired two years ago.