Ogun State Government will continue to employ the services of technocrats, who are indigenes of the State, to help in tackling educational challenges, in order to improve the standard of education in the State.
Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this while receiving the report of the Review Committee on Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) and Ogun State Polytechnic (OGUNPOLY), crisis in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He said the setting up of the Committeeman’s was part of good governance which is premised on justice, equity and obeying the rule of law, adding that his administration would not take arbitrary decisions without following due process.
“Our administration did not want to take arbitrary action and that was why we set up this Committee. The Committee is part of the good governance which is to be fair, just and equitable to all.
“We will look at the report, especially the Ife model. We will also consider the bureau of tertiary education and all the suggestions that will help in taking our decision”, he assured.
While appreciating the Committee members for dedicating their time in coming up with suggestions which would go a long way in resolving the matter, the Governor expressed displeasure that the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), Abeokuta, could not take off two years after it was established, a situation which affected academic activities of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, regarded as one of the best Polytechnics in Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Segun Awonusi, said members took the views of all stakeholders including, students, lecturers, traditional rulers into consideration before taking final decision.
Enumerating on some of the recommendations, Prof. Awonusi said a Ministry, Commission or Bureau should be established to handle tertiary education, while the new Ife model, where land resources of the University was used for agricultural purposes, should be adopted to generate funds for tertiary institutions in the State.
The Committee, according to Awonusi, also recommended the adoption of the Public Private Partnership platform, in making use of structures at Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, in order not to prevent wastage.