Monday, November 18, 2013
Ajimobi inaugurates committee for Oyo technical university
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Monday inaugurated a
14-member technical committee to ensure a proper take of the Technical
University proposed for the state.
The committee, headed by Afolabi Oladapo, a former Head of Service of
the Federation, has the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan,
Isaac Adewole; acting Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of
Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Adeniyi Gbadegesin; and the immediate
past Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, Femi Balogun as members.
Others include a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan,
Olufemi Bamiro; a Professor of Economics, Ademola Ariyo; a former
Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Adeniyi Osuntogun; Dan Adebiyi; and
A. M. A. Imevbore.
Apart from the university professors, the state government also
included some of its officials to the committee.
Among them are the state Commissioners for Education, Finance, and
Justice; as well as the Special Adviser to the Governor on
Infrastructure/Urban Development and the Director of Higher Education
in the state Ministry of Education.
While speaking at the inauguration ceremony at the Executive Council
Chamber of the Governor's Office, Mr. Ajimobi described the new
university as one of the flagship projects of his administration in
its efforts at reclaiming the foremost position of the state in the
He said he had taken some steps to ensure a smooth take-off of the institution.
These, according to him, included the academic brief, the master plan,
the conceptual plan, physical design, signing of memorandum of
understanding between the university and the Texas Technical
University, Lubbock, USA as well as the implementation plan for the
development of the institution.
While stating that all the above had already been accomplished, the
governor added that what remained was to ensure their quality
delivery, which he said, necessitated the inauguration of the
"It is in this regard that I have decided to select a few men of good
quality and experience to midwife the development of the university
and constitute its development committee," he said.
Governor Ajimobi stated that pending the constitution of the Governing
Council, the committee would exercise the full powers of the Council
as contained in the laws setting up the institution.