The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde has stated that his administration has no detailed information on the establishment, composition of governing council and the activities of the First Technical University established by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The governor who was represented by his deputy Engineer Rauf Olaniyan disclosed this after he commissioned the newly constructed two units of 250-seater Lecture Theatre and the foundation laying ceremony of the phase 1 of the workshop/Laboratory at the First Technical University, Ibadan.
The official commissioning and foundation laying were parts of the activities lined up to commemorate the institution’s first Distinguished Annual Lecture delivered by Prof. Toyin Falola.
Engineer Olaniyan, while urging the students of the institution to live up to expectation by giving priority to their studies to enable them become employers of labours after their programme, established that the present administration in Oyo State has no idea or information about the institution or its activities.
“It is very painful that the present government lack information about the university.”
Engr. Olaniyan, who was speaking on behalf of the governor, in his brief address, said the government is looking forward to the time when the needful will be done by the authority of the institution to formally introduce the institution, its governing council as well as its activities to the present government.
Governor Makinde maintained that the present administration is focusing on meeting up with UNESCO standard in education.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ayobami Salami, in his welcome address, commended the state government efforts in the sustainability of the institution.He declared that the newly commissioned projects were executed from Internally Generated Revenue of the institution.
Highlights of the event was the lecture delivered by Prof. Toyin Falola on “Technology, Culture & Society” and exhibition of products of entrepreneurship and vocation training by the students of the institution.
By Adekunle Adegboyega, Photos by Teslim Adisa