By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin representing Ibarapa East State constituency alongside his Ibarapa North/Central colleague, Hon. Peter Ojedokun have called for massive upgrading of infrastructures and adequate funding of the state’s owned College of Education, Lanlate.
This was stated through a motion titled: “Urgent need for Oyo State government to provide grant and commence the process of upgrading facilities at Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate.”
The motion, according to the Speaker was aimed at enabling the National Commission For Colleges of Education (NCCE) to grant full accreditation to all the courses offered by the institution.
They also lamented the poor state of infrastructures in the institution which contributions to the Lanlate community’s economy can not be overemphasized.
The Speaker said: “The College since its establishment has been lacking grant and infrastructure.
“This has made it impossible for the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to grant full accreditation to all the courses being offered in the institution.
“Now, the Commission is scheduled to visit the College again in October this year for another round of inspection of facilities which are still virtually non-existent.
“The few visible and completed projects in the College are the School of Sciences Complex by TETFUND, the Central Administration Block and the School of Arts and Social Sciences building awarded by the state government to one Fadepo Nigeria, Limited.
“However, the two other state government projects, the School of Education Building and the Library Complex awarded by Former Governor Alao Akala since 2006 to FIAT International Limited are yet to be completed and seem to have been abandoned.
“The two contracts awarded at the total cost of N100 million in 2006 had an initial completion duration of six months and it is on record that the state government at that time paid about ninety-seven percent of the total contract sum to the contractor.
“Due to the non-completion of the two projects, the contractor was summoned by the Government of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“However, he claimed to have obtained a bank loan for the contract and insisted that the state government must offset the interest that accumulated from the loan before he would return to the site.
“When the government declined, he took the matter to court and after series of court hearings, both parties agreed to settle out of court.
“It was amicably resolved that a total sum of N56 million (N20 million for School of Education Building and N36 million for the Library Complex) was now required to complete the two projects.
“Out of magnanimity, Governor Seyi Makinde in December, 2020 released N20 million to the contractor to complete the School of Education Building with an assurance that when that was done the amount for the Library Complex would be released.
“But after collecting the N20 million, the contractor (FIAT International Limited) appeared at the site once then disappeared into thin air. As we speak, the two projects are lying there.
“The contractor (FIAT International Limited) should appear before the plenary to answer questions on why he absconded or abandoned the two projects, and to ask him what has become of the N20 million he got from the state government for the completion of the School of Education Building. School Governing Council.
“Representatives of workers and students unions in the College should also be invited by the House.
“We are also calling on the Oyo State government to look into the urgent need to re-award the second project (the Library Complex), support the Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate with grant for its all-round development and also direct the Oyo State Ministry of Works or any other relevant agency to urgently fix the collapse box culvert leading to the College.”