The LAUTECH Works and Maintenance Department came into existence with the assumption of duty of Engr. Moshood Adewale Owoade in February, 1991. Though some drivers who came down to Ogbomoso with the Principal officers at the commencement of the University were on ground before then, yet his appointment (as Principal Engineer) marked the establishment of the unit. On assumption, he shared a table and visitor's chair at the Vice-Chancellor's Building. Due to the non-availability of enough buildings, it was not until late 1991 that the Directorate of Works and Maintenance moved to the presently occupied building.Engr. M. A. Owoade, a COREN registered, and German trained Engineer with then over a decade working Experience as a Civil Engineer with Strabag Construction Company actually put in place virile Works Department.
Sub-Units in Works and Maintenance Department
Each of the above named unit has specific roles which are inter related and conjugal in nature and they are headed by Professionals which includes – Engr. A. B. Akinkunmi,MNSE Mr. O. A. Fawole, Mr. T. A. Adewemimo and Mr. S.O. Oyatokun. Other professionals in the department include Mr. M.O. Adesina, Mr. A.K. Faniran, Mr. Seyi Faniran and Mr. J.O. Idowu. Other sub-units includes: Architecture, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Telephone and Audio Visual.As the name implies, this department is saddled with the responsibilities of the maintenance of all the University infrastructural facilities like buildings, road, vehicles and all installation both within and outside the campuses.It has among other things, the provision of portable water (through both the boreholes and the water tanker).
Works department is also saddled with the responsibility of providing uninterrupted power supply through both the national grid-via and generating plants (especially during examination periods).Provision and maintenance of communication facilities is another responsibility of this department. Communication takes place via NITEL (especially during pre GSM days) and the University's Telephone Exchange Unit. Also the Works department maintains audio visual facilities in the lecture hall / theatres.The Works department has also as part of its responsibility, the supervision of contractors' undertaking major Engineering construction works since the responsibility of maintenance of such projects lies solely on it, after completion. Above other things, maintenance also involves periodic checks and correcting defects on both movable and immovable assets, to ensure that these properties are constantly functioning.
Growth and Development
From the initial four-man department, the department now has with over sixty members of staff among whom are four (4) potential engineers under the Leadership of Engr. Taofik Adekunle Boladale in the Acting Head of the department capacity. The developmental growth of the department could be adjudged impressive, from the initial one room office to the present Block; however the design work is on going for a befitting complex. Its staffing has also been encouraging, especially when compared with the growth of the University herself. Also, the functionality/relevancy of the department to the University community could be scored very high. With its one-room mechanical workshop, the department undertakes the repair of the University's vehicle, and supervises outside local mechanical contractors (when there is absolute need for their services).Except for very view cases, the University needs not to contract out any renovation works.
This department is now carrying out every maintenance works on the University Power Network in-house. Though, the Campus is presently operating on three (3) 500KVA Transformers, the Injection substation is now being given consideration and it is hopeful that the award of contract will soon be made.Also, as part of the development, another unit has already been set up in the College of Health Sciences in Osogbo. This is being manned by a Principal Technical Officer in person of Mr. A.K. Faniran with the collaboration of three other technical staff.Our vision is to have a Works Department that is versatile in general facilities maintenance.