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Ogun committee on MAUSTECH submits report, seeks ministry for tertiary education

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Gov Abiodun justifies conversion of model college into tech hub
The Committee set up by the Ogun State Government to look into the controversy surrounding the establishment of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) has submitted its report with a call on the government to establish a special ministry or commission to handle the affairs of tertiary education.

It said this would go a long way to improve the quality of education in the state.

The committee, led by its Chairman, Prof. Segun Awonusi, submitted the report to the Governor at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office yesterday.

Awonusi said members took the views of all stakeholders, including students, lecturers and traditional rulers into consideration before taking final decision.

He said that a ministry, commission or a bureau should be established to handle tertiary education.

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The committee, according to Awonusi, also recommended the adoption of the public private partnership platform in making use of the structures put in place at Ipokia.

Meanwhile, the governor yesterday formally converted a Model College constructed by his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, into a technology hub.

Amosun’s government constructed 28 of such colleges in different parts of the state during his first tenure.

The college, now branded “Ogun TechHub,” located along Kobape Road in Abeokuta, was one of the multi-billion naira mega school projects executed by Amosun’s government.

The college was hitherto named after popular Oyewole twins from Abeokuta, who were educationalists in their life-time.

Abiodun had castigated Amosun over the project and vowed to convert the colleges into technology hubs for young technologists in the state.

The governor, while speaking at the inauguration of the tech-hub yesterday, said his government converted it into technology hub because tax-payers’ money had been spent on it.

He ruled out “unnecessary vendetta” against his predecessor and restated his commitment to put to use all inherited projects “ that have the potentials to benefit our people.”


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