1st February, 2022
By Adejoke Adeleye
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that an Education Trust Fund for all levels of education would soon be launched in the State.
Abiodun said the Trust Fund would help in providing sustainable funds for the infrastructural development for all levels of education in the State.
The Governor also approved the construction of a 1600-bed hostel facility to address the accommodation challenges at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
Speaking at the 30th and 31st Convocation Ceremonies of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Abiodun noted that the Fund would enable the State meet the funding deficit that has existed over the years.
“Very soon, we will launch the Ogun State Education Trust Fund to provide us with sustainable funds for infrastructural development for all levels of education in the State.
“In addition, as your visitor, my commitment to providing the right ambience for research, teaching and learning is total, in this regard, I have just facilitated the provision of one thousand, six hundred bed hostel for Olabisi Onabanjo University, this is yet another initiative of your government to provide a wholesome experience for our students.
“I congratulate the best graduating student for the year 2019/2020 academic session, Adebisi Awolumate of the department of Cooperatives and Rural Development, she graduated with a GPA of 4.28.
“In the same vein, I want to congratulate the best graduating student for the year 2020/2021 academic session, Pharm. Iloka Peter of the department of Pharmacy with a G.P.A of 4.92”.
The Governor lauded the university for being one of the few schools without crisis since he assumed office about three years ago.
He also applauded the management for sustaining development, adding that it has grown to become one of the foremost higher institutions in the country.
He acknowledged the giant strides the school has made over the years, saying that school remained the fourth-best state university and 17th in over 200 universities in the country.
Abiodun urged the institution to work towards occupying the first position in the near future.
While charging the school to lead the way in producing quality manpower, as well as inspired practical solutions to human challenges, the governor urged them to look for partners that would assist the school in its sustainable drive.
He said his administration would promote education as it is central to the ISEYA mantra.
The Governor said the Ilisan-Ago-Iwoye road has been re-awarded to expedite the construction for easy movement of the people, appreciated those who have contributed to the development of the school and called for more partnership.
“For Olabisi Onabanjo University and its immediate environment, the re-award of the contract for the construction and completion of the Ilishan-Ago-Iwoye is another demonstration of our commitment to improve on physical infrastructure in this area.
“When I was coming this morning, I had to go through the Ishara-Ago-Iwoye road and even the state of that road shocked me and convinced me about the reason why we need to expedite the reconstruction of the Ilishan-Ago-Iwoye road and that has started, it is our belief that this road will ease the movement of the people in this area.
The Governor, thereafter, gave automatic employment and the sum of N1m to the overall best graduating student for 2019-2020, Miss Adebisi Awolumate of the Department of Cooperative and Community Development, who graduated with 4.28 and 2020-2021 best graduating student, Mr. Ebuka Iloka, 2020-2021 from Department of Pharmacy with 4.92 GPA
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Pro. Ganiyu Olatunde said the institution has witnessed significant growth and development in its operational and administrative sectors.
Olatunde said the institution has transited from non-residential to residential with over 3,000 students resident on the campus, while discussions are on with private developers to build additional 75 housing units for staff.