Ogun State House of Assembly has challenged public tertiary institutions in the State to brace up to the task of contributing to the socio-economic and technological advancement of the State and nation, through effective promotion of technology based education curriculum.
The House Committee on Education, Science and Technology led by Hon. Ademuyiwa Adeyemi gave the advice during the ongoing Budget Assessment visits to D.S. Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Ewekoro, Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa, Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
Hon. Adeyemi, emphasized the importance of technology based education as well as inclusion of entrepreneurship into the curriculum of the institutions, this according to him, would put any developing nation in the 21st century ahead its peers, especially with the advantage of Information and Communication Technology, which could aid national development.
He applauded the management of Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa, Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade and Olabisi Onabanjo University for their financial ingenuity and development of infrastructure in their institutions.
The lawmaker in company of his colleagues including, Adegoke Adeyanju, Solomon Osho, Kemi Oduwole, Abayomi Fasuwa, Wahab Haruna and Ganiyu Oyedeji, reiterated the Assembly’s readiness to partner with stakeholders to further promote technological education in the State, in line with Governor Abiodun’s vision of promoting qualitative education for all.
According to them, ICT remained an integral part of education of any society, hence it was imperative for the management of the institutions to devise means of producing students who could add value to the nation.
Reeling out the achievements of his institution, the Vice Chancellor of OOU, Prof Abdul-Ganiyu Olatunde, disclosed that a total of N1.398bn between January and June was generated, saying there would be more revenue in the later part of the year, just as he noted that more infrastructural facilities were being put in place.
On her part, the Rector, Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa, Dr. Olufunke Akinkurolere said infrastructural development recorded during the period included, construction of a 2, 000 -capacity lecture theatre, provision of modern equipment in preparation for the inauguration of the institution’s radio station and procurement of 500 KVA transformer, among others.
Akinkurolere added that a total of N371.6m had been generated by the Institute, which had 26 accredited programmes and just secured the approval of the National Board for Technical Education to commence National Diploma in Civil Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, as well as Higher National Diploma in Science and Laboratory Technology with options in Physics.
Also, on his part, the Rector, D.S Adegbenro Polytechnic, Ewekoro, Prof. Alfred Fatade called on Federal Government to review the allocation of aids and grants to tertiary institutions in tandem with the number of graduates being produced by them. He added that a sum of N209m was generated as revenue during the period.
His counterpart at the Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade, Dr. Kolawole Oyeyinka said the sum of N468m was generated during the period under review, saying a number of projects were ongoing, including Automotive Workshop, creation of three ICT Centres with 500 computer sets and completion of Engineering Workshop Building, among others.
The Rector, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Prof. Jumoke Bilesanmi-Awoderu, disclosed that 14 programmes being run by the institution had been accredited, while some of the projects undertaken by the institution, included a 200-seater Lecture Hall with staff offices and procurement and installation of 133NR Lecture room furniture and 300NR Auditorium furniture.
They commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for the prompt payment of monthly subvention to the tertiary institutions.