Oyo Assembly meets UI Management seeks help over crisis in LAUTECH, Adeseun Ogundoyin Poly, Others
The Oyo State House of Assembly has paid a courtesy visit to the management of University of Ibadan, saying it is a move to seek solutions to tarring crisis facing Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa and other State institutions.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin addressing the UI management team on Wednesday during the visit, noted that Oyo State government is proud of the numerous impacts the Premier University is making in educational growth, research, discoveries and economy development in Nigeria and the world at large.
Describing UI as the mother of all universities in Nigeria, Ogundoyin said, “We are proud to have UI in Oyo state. We are proud of its contributions to the development of the state and the nation.
“We know the institution is own and run by the federal government but we are your host because UI is built on the pacesetter soil, and we are hear to seek your assistance on some of the problems our Schools are facing because we know UI has the personnel and human resources that can liberate these schools.”
Ogundoyin while lamenting the hardship students of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa are facing over unaccredited courses, he said the polytechnic currently needs speedy accreditation of courses to restore its integrity and save the students who are stranded.
“The way students are stranded in Eruwa, LAUTECH students are victims of several unfortunate academic setbacks, we read about a meeting between Oyo and Osun Governors in Abuja and we hope they had an helpful conclusion.
“The Oyo and Osun States assembly have also setup committees on LAUTECH to meet, but we still have strong believe that University of Ibadan management can be helpful in resolving challenges our State institutes are going through either through physical efforts, consultations and advisories supports.
If UI gives logical support to other tertiary institutions in the State, definitely it will reduce the pressure of number of candidates seeking admission into UI,” he added.
In his words while receiving the Oyo lawmakers on behave of the Vice Chancellor of the institution, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administrative, Professor Kayode Adebowale noted that UI will always be open towards a continuous friendship, relationship in all areas as it concerns the development of Oyo State.
Lamenting the position Oyo among other States of the nation during recent SSCE results, Adebowale explained that the State educational sector needs help, charging thee lawmakers to do the needful in the lawmaking and policies formation responsibility.
According to him, UI will be willing to assist the State on issue of unaccredited courses in Oyo polytechnics by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, and other educational interventions the State needs from the institution.
“A committee can be setup, the State can involve us, we work out synergy to assist the State on how to best address the issue and get courses accredited.
“In March 9 this year, there was a storm that affected 88million naira worth physical infrastructure of the institution and Governor Seyi Makinde, then as Governor-Elect, he donated 25million naira from his personal purse.
“The Olubadan in council leased this land to the institute for 99years and now we have lived 71 years as a school, we will definitely renew when the school out live the lease agreement. Therefore there is no way UI can be taken away from Oyo State.”
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