l’ll Take Decision On Ogun Poly, Ipokia Soon – Abiodun
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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has said a decision would soon be taken on the viability and sustainability of the establishment of the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia which was established by the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Abiodun who was on a tour of the facility at Oke’ebo Area on Friday during the campaign tour of Ipokia local government in preparation for the forthcoming local government election in the State declared that the idea behind the establishment of the Polytechnic was a good one.
It will be recalled that the immediate past government of Amosun passed a law through the State House of Assembly establishing the Polytechnic while upgrading the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, MAUSTECH.
But the decision ran into troubled waters as staff and students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic were required to move to the new Polytechnic while staff members who were desirous of working in the University were demanded to first resign the appointment with MAPOLY and apply afresh in MAUSTECH.
The faceoff paralysed academic activities in the Polytechnic for several months while the University never took off.
Governor Abiodun, upon assumption of office, reversed the decision to convert MAPOLY to MAUSTECH, while no decision was taken on the Ogun Poly, Ipokia.
While inspecting the facility, Abiodun disclosed that the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Polytechnic, its viability and cost would be taken into consideration, while the state government is taking a stand on it.
“We have appointed a committee to review all the projects that were ongoing but not completed by the previous administration and this project was reported amongst others.
“Now that I am here and have seen, I will go back and make my decision. Government is a continuum and this administration has pledged that every commonwealth of ours that we have invested in any project, as well as that project is of socio-economic importance to our people, we will ensure its continuity.
“When we assumed office, Ogun State Polytechnic was not in session as it was meant to be relocated to this premises and the facility meant to become the Moshood Abiola University (MAUSTECH) which neither had gotten accreditation was not operational, the same with this polytechnic. Thank God, we have been able to resolve that of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and it is up and running,” he added.
The governor said seven buildings including a proposed 750 seater hall, two proposed 300 lecture theatres, an administration building, two hostels and two classrooms were the structures his administration met on the ground at the polytechnic.
Abiodun, however, disclosed that he had earlier sent an inter-ministerial committee to inspect facilities in the institution, access the level of completion, suitability and readiness for use to enable government take an informed decision to the benefit of the people of the state.