James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta
The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has expressed concern about the deplorable state of infrastructure in all state-owned tertiary institutions.
However, he revealed that his government has created a Tertiary Education Trust Fund to address infrastructure deficits in state-owned tertiary institutions.
Governor Abiodun revealed this by commissioning a state-of-the-art hall with capacity for 1,500 people, donated to the Ogun State College of Health Technology (OSCOTECH) in Ilese-Ijebu, by a legal luminary and a prominent indigenous person from Ilese Ijebu. , Otunba Kunle Kalejaye (SAN) in honor of her sister, Ms. Adetumbi Adebanjo (Nee Kalejaye) to mark her 72nd birthday anniversary.
The governor speaking through his Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, promised that his administration was committed to returning the lost glory of education to the state.
He said that “in addition to the regular payment of grants to tertiary institutions, the governor said that his administration had set aside 200 million shillings for the trust fund for the development of infrastructure in the institutions.”
The governor also revealed that he had ordered the payment of scholarships to indigenous people of the State in tertiary institutions throughout the country after they turned 11 years after the previous administration detained him.
Abiodun said: “For the first time in the history of the state, this administration has introduced what we call the Ogun State Tertiary Education Fund, which is like a local TETFund for infrastructure development in tertiary institutions in Ogun State. .
“There are some of the tertiary institutions in the state that normally receive annual TETFund funds from the federal government, but for those that are not on that platform, the Ogun state government has set aside N200million to be delivered to these institutions annually.
“The government has also introduced an intervention in infrastructure. It is a form of projects identified by the institutions annually that the Ogun state government will build ”.
The governor who praised the Kalejaye for the donation asked corporations and others to emulate his gesture.
In her speech, Kalejaye said the hall was one of her many philanthropic projects that included scholarship funds, 98 functional piercings, churches, mosques, schools and hospitals, among others.
Kalejaye stressed the need for indigenous state and corporate bodies to assist the government in providing infrastructure and other social services in the state, insisting that the government alone cannot do so.
“This project is dedicated to filial devotion and sacrifice. It stands as a monument to the honor of Adetumbi Adebanjo (new Kalejaye) who gave up his comfort so that I could educate myself.
“I am hopeful that this project will be used in a way that conveys the will to do something similar to others.
“I belong to the school of thought that holds the belief that government cannot do everything. However, the government must also do something ”.
He asked the institution’s management to make sure the facility is well maintained, and said he had also facilitated the donation of a 40kva generator to power the room.