Affordable Rent, Small Businesses of LAUTECH Students Our Priority – Olaniyan
The Chairman of the Local Committee set up to see to smooth resumption of students of the College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, (LAUTECH), Hon. Waheed Olaniyan has assured that the students have no cause to fear for their survival in Iseyin.
Olaniyan said the committee has met with landlords willing to let out their houses to the students, housing agents and others in the sector on the need to refrain from charging exorbitant rent.
The Oyo State government announced recently that the students would resume at the Iseyin campus by the end of October 2023 to signal the commencement of academic activities.
The former State lawmaker was specific in saying that no landlord or ‘agent’ will charge students hundred thousand naira for a room apartment, as some students that featured on a radio program recently claimed.
”The students that went to the radio station only wanted to create unnecessary panic, no landlord will charge anyone hundred thousand naira for a room apartment in Iseyin, they were asked to meet with the committee which is expected to be their go-between, but only a few of them and parents did so.
”Iseyin is a community that does everything to make visitors comfortable not to talk of students, it is noteworthy to also state that before LAUTECH Iseyin campus was established, there are two private higher institutions of learning in the community, we have the SAF Polytechnic and Oke-Ogun College of Health Science with overall population of more than three thousand, nobody charged the students from these private schools exorbitant rents.”
The Chronicler Newspaper on Monday, gathered from the Provost of the College, Prof. Gabriel Adewale that special provision has been made for students that have small businesses to thrive as fifty percent of the business spaces in the campus are set aside for students that are interested.
“This is meant to create enabling environment for the students to earn income while going about their academic pursuits, we know some of them are owners of kiosks, business centers and the rest, that is why we allocate fifty percent of the spaces to them.”
About 1533 students from LAUTECH faculty of Agriculture are expected to resume at the Iseyin college at the end of the month.