OYO State governor, Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday disclosed that the success of The Technical University, Ibadan was anchored upon stakeholders’ contributions and subscriptions by lovers of education as well as Public-Private Partnership.
The Governor said this at the official commissioning and handover of the Central Bank of Nigerian intervention projects at the State-owned TechU which consisted of a Central e-Library space for 500 students, 10 offices, 12 units of toilet facilities as well as a block of 24 lecture rooms which has 11 Administrative offices, furniture, borehole, a 500KVA Generating set, street lights, CCTV cameras, air conditioners and additional toilets facilities for male and female students.
Governor Ajimobi, while speaking at the event, stated that his administration’s desire for a world-class Technical University was in the tradition of innovation and excellence pioneered by forebears of the State, adding that the university is founded on the principle of unique innovation, research collaboration, exceptional service and excellence.
“We are indeed very happy that the apex bank has gone beyond its statutory fiscal and financial responsibilities to support this critical investment and the future of our state and country. We are not unmindful of the challenges of financing tertiary institutions by government in Nigeria today due to the current economic reality.
“We have taken numerous financial initiatives to fund tertiary education in the State, it has been challenging ensuring the self-sustainability of the institutions and in order to avert this unpleasant experience, The Technical University, Ibadan is conceived as a public-private initiative where self-sufficiency through partnership, subscriptions and stakeholder contributions, locally and internationally shall be entrenched.
“TechU is therefore an initiative of the Oyo State government of Nigeria to continue in the tradition of innovation and excellence pioneered by our pathfinders. It is founded on the principle of unique innovation, research collaboration, exceptional service, integrity, excellence and uplifting of the human condition, knowledge, skill, classroom/industry and theory/practical.
“We are therefore committed to the efficient and responsible use of science, technology, engineering, innovation in solving societal problems,” the governor said.
Ajimobi further explained that the University can boast of having the best hands in its management team as well as academic handlers, adding that the mission of the present administration in the State towards the institution was to cultivate a cadre of technical professionals, with requisite entrepreneurial skills, capable of creating businesses that would provide employment for the youths.
He assured that TechU would produce exceptional graduates who are not only socially conscious but technically competent enough to turn around the fortunes of the State, noting that the institution is committed to offering degree programs of international standard through collaboration with relevant global institutions.
The Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, who was represented a Deputy, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu at the event commended the State government for its vision in transforming education in the State.
He said it was against the backdrop of the need to bridge the manpower and infrastructural deficits that had accumulated overtime that the Central Bank of Nigeria started its education intervention programs throughout the country.
Adelabu said the monetary institution recognized Oyo State as the socio – political and intellectual headquarters of the Southwest region as well as its past roles in economic integration of the Southwest of Nigeria.
Said he, “Having recognized Ibadan and Oyo State in general as a sociopolitical and educational headquarters of the Southwest region, given its past role in the Southwest regional development and potential role it can still play in the general economic integration of the region.
“There is no gainsaying the fact education is the bedrock for development and lifting people out of poverty, Nigeria is experiencing an acute shortage of high quality and world class educational institutions, our primary mandate at the Central Bank of Nigeria apart from fiscal policy is to intervene regularly in the critical sectors of the economy of which education is one, to bridge manpower and infrastructural deficits accumulated overtime,” Adelabu explained.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, in his welcome address, said that the unique idea behind the Technical University was to produce graduates who could turn theory to practice in order to create jobs.
Olowofela said Tech-U was formally recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) on 7th December 2012 as the 30th State-owned University in Nigeria with the information that the University would provide succour for parents who sent their wards abroad for higher education.
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Olubadan-in-council who represented the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji (Aje Oguguluso 1), Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Oladapo, Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba (Dr) Abdulganiy Adekunle Oloogunebi (Ajinese 1), Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola all praised the ingenuity of the State administration towards revamping education and positioning the Technical University towards creating technical and commercial growth of the State and Nigeria as a whole.
The intervention approach of the apex bank consists of an administrative block of classrooms that consisted of 24 lecture rooms, offices and furniture, a fully air-conditioned and furnished library complex for about 500 students, 10 offices, 12 units of toilet facilities and a complete e-library.
It also included a borehole with ground and overhead water tank, a 500kva generator set, streetlights, CCTV cameras, conditioners and additional toilets facilities for male and female students.
Photo credit : Tolani Alli.
Oyo: Olowofela, others sworn in as federal Commissioner
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday swore in Professor Adeniyi Olowofela and other board members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The University of Ibadan trained Professor of Geophysics, Olowofela, born May 3rd, 1963, in the sleepy but rapidly – developing town of Omi-Adio, via Ibadan, Ido Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria.
How I benefited from Ajimobi’s ‘stubbornness’ – Festus Adedayo
A former Media Adviser to late Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Dr Festus Adedayo has revealed how he benefitted from the former Governor of Oyo state’s policy of being ‘stubborn’.
Adedayo made the revelation on Tuesday while featuring on Parrot Xtra Hour On Radio, in Ibadan, the state capital.
The popular columnist said he was almost dropped from the team that worked with ex-Governor Ajimobi during his first term in office.
According to the experienced journalist, “Governor Ajimobi had gone to see his political mentor, Alhaji Lam Adesina with the list of his first set of appointees during his first term and the list had my name as the Media Adviser, Dr Adeolu Akande as the Chief of Staff and the name of the Secretary to the State Government. My name was singled out to be dropped because I had been hard on Alhaji Adesina when he was the governor of Oyo State.
“It is important to note here that since 1998 when I started writing my column, I wrote to constructively criticize all the governments including that of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a military administration.
“So, when Alhaji Lam asked Senator Ajimobi to drop my name, he simply told his political leader that he had made up his mind and he had already asked me to resign from where I was working. He asked his leader to forget and allow things to be. If it was another person that was not stubborn, I would simply have been dropped. I dare to say here that I benefitted from Ajimobi’s stubbornness.”
While speaking on the demise of his former boss, Adedayo, a scholar and lawyer further submitted, “It is really painful to me, I feel pained that we have to be referring to Senator Abiola Ajimobi in ‘past tense.’ He was a great man in his own way. He was also a workaholic”.
When asked how he feels about the post-burial media outings of the late Ajimobi, Adedayo used the opportunity to appeal to both the widow of the deceased, Chief (Mrs) Dr Florence Ajimobi and the present Engineer Seyi Makinde-led administration in the state to allow the spirit of the dead to rest in peace adding that the deceased will not be happy that people are now passing blames and exchanging words.
“In my own small way, I will like to appeal to the two parties to forget their differences to honour the departed. I will also like to humbly call on Ibadan elders to quickly intervene so that the bad blood will be neutralized. The differences between the two parties should be worked out amicably.
Adedayo was also asked to talk about how he felt when his appointment as the Media Adviser to the present Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan was cancelled.
“It was not God’s plan for my life. And I thank Him because I am better off. If I had taken up that appointment, I would not be a Lawyer today and I would not have been able to write that book on late Ayinla Omowura that people are now talking about.
“Moreover, the lesson I learnt from that experience was that I must never again allow sentiment or people to take my projection for my life and plans away from me. I must remain focused and always follow my mind”, he added.
Flood: Oyo govt to launch drainage master plan under IUFM project
The Seyi Makinde led Oyo state government on Wednesday directed the execution of a drainage masterplan under the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project within the next 18 months.
Governor Makinde, who gave the directive while on an on-the-spot assessment of the flood affected areas of Ibadan said that the measure would help prevent perennial flood disaster in the state.
The governor, on a tour of the areas including Oke- Omi, Ikumapayi, Olodo and Onipepeye Bridges at Sawmill , added that he has directed the Local Chairmen in the areas to begin work on the affected bridges immediately.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as further declaring that the Ministry of Environment should enumerate the properties affected by the flood at Olodo area with a view to relocating some of the residents to other areas.
He said: “Like we can see out there, the bridge is undersized. There is a drainage master plan for Oyo State under the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), this has been identified and I think we have to keep taking them out one at a time. So, I have asked the local government chairman to write for approval, and work will start immediately on it.
“IUFMP is already dredging the river. The remaining thing is just to put a properly sized bridge across it and we will do that.
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