Gov. Oyetola inaugurates implementation committee on Ilesa varsity

Gov. Oyetola inaugurates implementation committee on Ilesa varsity


By Victor Adeoti, Osogbo.


Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Wednesday inaugurated the implementation committee for the proposed University of Ilesa.


Oyetola said that the upgrade of the existing Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, to a full-fledged university was not a product of vain efforts but rather of a thorough and rigorous interrogation.


The governor, while inaugurating the committee in Osogbo, said that the proposed university had been carefully conceived as a thoroughly entrepreneurial and innovative institution, which would be funded through a mix of sources.


He said that the university would be founded as a partnership between government, community, industry and other stakeholders, without exerting unnecessary pressure on the finances of the state.


Oyetola assured that the running of the affairs of the university, when established, would be a model.


He noted that the proposed university would undoubtedly be unique, as it was being carefully nurtured to be inoculated from the perennial challenges that plagued an average public university in the country, while it was benchmarked against the best global practices.


The governor, who emphasised his administration’s commitment to building a truly diversified and resilient economy, said that the rationale behind establishing the university was to further expand access to qualitative education, among other opportunities, for the teeming young population.


In his remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Prof. Olu Aina, pledged that the committee would not only meet the set targets but would also beat the expectations.


According to Aina, members of the committee have given their consent to serve, with utmost diligence and commitment, to ensure the speedy actualisation of the upgrade of the college to a full-fledged university.


“Going by the calibre of people and personalities in this committee, I am confident we will deliver on our mandate.


“I commended Mr Governor for organising this team. I am assuring you that we will not let you down.


“I appreciate the government for rising to the upgrade of the college. With this gesture, government has done the needful,” he said.


Members of the committee are former Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Prof. Labo Popoola; former Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University, Prof. Yemisi Obilade; former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Lead City University, Prof. Jide Owoeye.


Others are pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Prof. Sola Akinrinade; Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics, Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun, and Mr Rasheed Sarumi.


Recall that the Osun State House of Assembly on Aug. 8, 2022, passed the bill seeking to upgrade the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, to a full-fledged university.

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