Osun’s Gov. Adeleke inaugurates ad-hoc committee to review establishment of Ilesa varsity

Osun’s Gov. Adeleke inaugurates ad-hoc committee to review establishment of Ilesa varsity

By Victor Adeoti, Osogbo.


Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun inaugurated an 11-man ad-hoc committee on Tuesday in Osogbo to review the establishment of  Ilesa University by his predecessor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.


Former Gov. Oyetola announced the upgrading of the state’s College of Education, Ilesa, to a full-fledged university on March 31, and signed the bill upgrading it to a university into law on Sept. 27, 2022.


Oyetola left office on Nov. 26, 2022


Adeleke said that the committee inaugurated on Tuesday would review and assess funding requirements for the eventual take-off of the university.


The governor said that he was worried about the politicisation of the project, adding that Oyetola avoided due diligence and comprehensive project report on the university.


He said that the committee would also engage all relevant stakeholders, including the host community, the alumni association of the College of Education and trade unions, among others, to harmonise their positions and establish the way forward.


Adeleke said: “My first conviction is that Ilesa, indeed, deserves a university, considering the achievements of Ijesa people at home and abroad.


“I was, however, worried about the politicisation of the project. The last administration avoided due diligence and comprehensive project report.


“Instead, it opted for political action on a subject that demands thorough planning, covering financial and academic forecasts and provisions.


“This administration is, however, committed to doing the right thing. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the interest of Ijesaland is adequately protected and satisfied.


“My desire is to have in place a University of Ilesa that will be sustainable; a university that will be one of the best in the country.


“I consequently urge this committee to take this assignment as a sacred responsibility.


“The issue at hand touches the heart and soul of our people. You are, therefore, expected to bring your wealth of experience to bear on the discharge of this historic task.


“I have no doubt in my mind that you will submit a report that will provide a roadmap for a great University of Ilesa.’’


The governor gave the committee six weeks to conclude its assignment.

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