Monarch, group appeal to Ogun government on new varsity
The people of Yewaland have appealed to the Ogun State government to establish the proposed Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) in their area instead of Abeokuta as planned.
Former governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration had moved to relocate the 40-year old Moshood Abiola polytechnic, Abeokuta to Ipokia in Yewaland and use the campus for a new university of science and technology. The new institution, like the polytechnic, is to be named after the late Abiola, a prominent son of the state. It is to bear Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH).
The decision attracted a lot of criticisms, as the polytechnic lecturers and non-academic staff vehemently protested government’s decision, ordering all the staff to reapply for new appointments. Other stakeholders also protested the relocation.
On assumption of office, Governor Dapo Abiodun set up a committee to look into the issue and proffer recommendations for amicable solution.But a group, Coalition interest of Ogun west yesterday insisted that the relocation of the polytechnic to their area was unfair to Yewa community, considering the fact that the two other districts, Ogun east and Ogun central each has a university.
The chairman, education committee of Yewaland Development Council, Prof. Rahamon Bello who spoke on behalf of the group said, “We have two public universities in Ogun East, one in Ogun central but none in Ogun west.”He added: “We have a federal polytechnic in Yewaland so having another in Ogun West is a misnomer. We do not need a polytechnic in Ogun West; all we need is a full-fledged university.”
The paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle urged Governor Abiodun to reverse his predecessor’s decision and establish the proposed MAUSTECH in Yewaland.The monarch who made the plea while receiving the review committee in his palace said Yewaland is politically marginalised, particularly in the area of education saying this is the time to reverse the injustice.”
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