Following the conversion of the State College of Education, Ilesa to a full-fledged university, the State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday, inaugurated the committee to implement the upgrade.
The upgrade of the college to a university status, which is to be named University of Ilesa, was recently approved by the Osun State House of Assembly.
Inaugurating the eight-man committee in Osogbo, Governor Oyetola explained that the idea of upgrading the college was to expand opportunities to qualitative education.
According to the governor, “the decision to upgrade the College of Education, Ilesa, is not a product of mere fanciful effort, but is a product of thorough and rigorous interrogation, characteristic of the culture of deep engagement for which this administration is noted.
“Among others, we also took into consideration the College of Education, its existing infrastructural and human resource assets as the State’s oldest College of Education.
“University of Ilesa is an entrepreneurial and innovative university and it would be funded through a mix of sources, such as the government, community, industry, and other stakeholders without exerting unnecessary pressure on the finances of the State.”
Oyetola, who lauded the Owa Obokun of Ijesa, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, Ijesa stakeholders for their commitment, also appreciated the Osun State House of Assembly for promptness in passing the bill for the upgrade of the College.
Earlier in a remark, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Charles Akinola noted that the team was carefully selected towards achieving results.
In an acceptance speech, Chairman of the implementation committee, Professor Olu Aina pledged the resolve of the committee to deliver.
Aina seized the opportunity to appeal to the federal government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to resolve their differences so as to end the ongoing strike which had kept University students at home for more than six months.
The newly-inaugurated Committee chaired by a renowned educationist, Prof. Oluremi Aina, has former Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Prof. Labo Popoola, a former Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin University, Prof. Yemisi Obilade; a former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Lead City University, Prof. Jide Owoeye, Pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics, Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun and Mr. Rasheed Sarumi.