By Bukola Kayode
An unemployed alumnus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Osunleke Alaba has said frustration caused by economic hardship led to his attempt to return his certificate to the university.
Alaba whose attempt to return his certificate and get a refund of monies spent acquiring the degree went viral on social media told Saturday Punch in an interview that he meant business.
He insisted that he simply wanted a refund from LAUTECH to start a business and had no plans of using a clip from his adventure at the school to gain support online.
He said: “I went on Monday to return the certificate; it has been at home for this long and it’s not useful. Whatever is not useful, it’s better to return it and get a refund, so that I can use the money to pursue my career. After all, the purpose of going to school is to be able to survive, by working with the certificate and making money. If I commit a crime now, won’t the government imprison me? Won’t they begin to say they caught a LAUTECH graduate with a human head? Is it even the head of people that are struggling just like me that I will cut to make money? God forbid I engage in such a thing”.
He revealed that despite the response the viral clip has received, he hasn’t been gotten financial assistance, neither has the school authorities gotten across to him.
“Some LAUTECH alumni called me and they spoke to me very well. They are nice people; though they didn’t give me money, they encouraged and advised me. I was also with one of LAUTECH lecturers today (Wednesday, June 7) and he also advised and encouraged me. I have tried my hands on so many things, but things are hard. In fact, before I could pay my house rent this year, my blood pressure increased to 130 (sic). The person that tested me is still alive, I can take you there. It is very serious”, the paper quoted him as saying.