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Lawmaker Implores LASG To Upgrade Michael Otedola College Of Primary Education To University

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A Lagos lawmaker, Hon. Abiodun Tobun, has urged the state government to upgrade Michael Otedola College of Primary Education(Mocped) to a full-fledged University of Education.

Tobun represents Epe Constituency 1 at the state House of Assembly. .

The lawmaker made the plea during an interview with journalists in Epe, on Sunday.

It would be recalled that the subject matter of upgrading Colleges of Education in Lagos State to university occurred during a public hearing organized by the House of Assembly Committee on Education (Tertiary) at the Pavilion, Alausa Ikeja. on August, 2021.

The hearing was on “A Bill for a Law to provide for the Establishment of the University of Education, Lagos (UNEDLAG) and for connected purposes.”

This aimed at transmuting the present Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Otto/Ijanikin and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, into a university.

The lawmaker said that among the five divisional areas of Lagos, It is only Epe Division that has not benefited immensely in the area of higher standard of certification of pedagogy.

According to him, Badagry Division that comprises of Ojo, Ijanikin and others have the presence of Lagos State University(LASU) and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education.

While Ikorodu Division has the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) now Lagos State University of Technology, Ikeja Division has the Lagos State University Teaching Jospital (LASUTH) among others.

Similarly, Lagos Island Division has the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology and the National Open University(NOUN) in Victoria Island.

He said that this and many more are the instances that justify the need for the state government to consider Michael Otedola College of Primary Education into a full-fledged University of Education in Epe Division.

The lawmaker said that the institution run several degree programmes, one with the University of Ibadan and the other with Ekiti State University.

“The institution has been doing that for many years; they have qualified hands who are able to meet up with the standard of a University of Education, ” he said.

According to him, the number of students enrolling in colleges of education has reduced compared to that of universities as many parents do not want their children in colleges of education.

“The Lagos State Government does not want NCE and OND in the state. Even Lagos State Polytechnic is expected to become university of technology,” he said.

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