The people of Oke-Ogun in Oyo State have begun moves to establish a university.
The homogenous area, covering 10 local governments in the northern part of the state, does not have a university.
Worried by continued failure to get a government university cited in the area to meet the educational needs of its teeming youth population, the Oke-Ogun Development Council (ODC) once set up a committee to facilitate the establishment of the university at the weekend.
The committee is headed by a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Kehinde Yusuf.
The institution is to be sited at Agunrege community.
At the inauguration in Iseyin, Deputy Governor Moses Alake-Adeyemo assured the people of the government’s support for the project.
He also promised the government’s full involvement in the running of the university.
His statement reads
“The government will certainly see to it that Oke Ogun university takes off before the end of its second term.”
A don, Prof Layi Egunjobi, said the university as a growth pole often represents a catalyst for development in any area.
He enjoined the committee to be steadfast.
“I like to congratulate the people of Oke-Ogun as it is my belief that this idea will come to reality.”
The former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Prof Dibu Ojerinde, said setting up a university is not a tea party.
“We need to gird our loins. The National Universities Commission (NUC) has various conditions to be met in establishing a university.
“These conditions will run into billions of naira. For this reason, everyone must be prepared to contribute fully.”
The former Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Otunba Niyi Otunla, represented by his Special Assistant, Yisau Adepoju, reminded them that university is a capital intensive project.
Other members of the committee drawn from the 10 local governments include Deacon S. A. Oyedemi; Prof D. A. Oyeleye; Matthew M. Ogunjimi; Bayo Toluwalase; Zaccheus Adepoju; Gbade Iyilade; Prof Oladapo Olaniyonu; Dr. Olusegun Olawoyin; Niyi Kehinde; Dr. Olusegun Ajuwon; Prof. Tunji Akande; Prof A. Odekunle, Princess Oyenike Ayoola; Kehinde Abioye; Remi Adegbola; Prof Gbemi Remi Adeoti; Mrs. Mary Aboyade and Prof. M. Fasasi.
Others are Prof O. Oladepo; Prof Babayemi; Chief Niran Bioku; Ola Siyanbola; Prof Layi Oladele;Ademola Ojeleye; Dr Femi Dayo Ajayi; Dr Diran Olabisi; Dr Bolanle Wahab; Dr. Seyi Ige; Prof Layi Egunjobi; Prof Dele Layiwola; Dr Bola Olaniyan; Prof A. Ahmad; Dr. Al-Azeez; Dr. Soji Awoyemi; Dr. Ayo I. Tunbosun; Dr. Caleb Aborisade; Dr. Stephen Ogundipe; Dr. Rasaq Adefabi; Muda Ganiyu; Mrs.Ruth Alao, Prof Micheal Ajayi and Prof Tunde Ayeleru.
Where is Okeogun University?
Time will also tell