Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan.
Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, the Oyo State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, has disclosed that the proposed Ibadan Technical University, Ibadan would take off in September, 2017.
Prof. Olowofela disclosed this in an exclusive interview with the Thisage newspaper in his office at the Secretariat, Ibadan, the state capital.
It would be recalled that the process of amending the 2012 law establishing the technical university commenced at Tuesday’s plenary of the state House of Assembly with members raising questions over the modalities for public/private partnership in the running of the university.
They raised concerns over the manner of investment of private individuals and organizations, raising fears that the university might gravitate from a public to a privately owned institution, if the terms of investment of private partners were not well spelt out.
The commissioner however debunked the insinuations. He said that the school would be self-sustaining.
On the Home Grown School Feeding project of the FG, the professor of Physics said the program, which started recently would overcome the initial teething problem usually associated with the implementation of such new policies
He said:”60 per cent of the food vendors have been cleared and engaged. The Federal Government in the first tranche created the accounts of the vendors. The FG assured us that it would clear the accounts which it did”.
Speaking on the positive multiplier effects of the program, the former council chief said it would create jobs, improve school enrolment, reduce malnutrition and improve agricultural enterprises.
He emphasized that the program would add value to the society if it is sustained.