On Tuesday, 13th June 2023, some students in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences led a peaceful protest to express their bitterness as regards the management’s decision to relocate their faculty from Ogbomoso to Iseyin. The protest started from 1000 seaters FAG Lecture Theatre to the faculty building. Progressing from there, they went to the senate building, and the school’s main gate.
A 300-level student of Crop Production and Soil Science aired her point of view on the implication this would have on her and fellow students of the Faculty via WhatsApp . Her fears range from the state of security at Iseyin to the lack of direct access to network with students from other faculties.
“The fact that they built a new building at Iseyin is good, but it shouldn’t be made for the faculty. Some new departments and faculties were recently brought up; they should move them there. It is not about the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences alone. If it was about that, we would have gone to Agriculture-based schools. I don’t think the idea is a bad one, but it doesn’t reflect proper planning,” she said,
Also, a concerned student of the faculty wrote an open letter to Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State. His concerns in the letter included unfair implications for students, access to a rich educational legacy, preserving cultural significance, and more.
In his final statement of the letter, He wrote, “Governor Seyi Makinde, we appeal to your wisdom and compassion to preserve the rights and interests of the students at LAUTECH. Relocating the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences from Ogbomoso to Iseyin would be a grave injustice to us, denying us the educational environment we have come to know and appreciate. We trust in your leadership to find a solution that fosters educational equality, upholds the legacy of LAUTECH Ogbomoso, and ensures the continued growth and prosperity of agricultural education in Oyo State. Your support in this matter will truly demonstrate your commitment to the welfare and aspirations of the students you govern.”