GOV. AMOSUN TO ESTABLISH NEW POLYTECHNIC IN OGUN STATE
Ogun State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun was at the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Kaduna on Monday 3rd July, 2017 to submit application documents for the establishment of a new Polytechnic at Ipokia, in the Ogun West Senatorial District of the State.
The Governor who personally submitted the documents to the Executive Secretary of NBTE, Dr. Masa'udu A. Kazaure at the Board's secretariat in Kaduna also used the occasion to formerly commission the NBTE secretariat building extension.
Sen. Amosun stated that the twin event demonstrated the close and beneficial working relationship between the Board and Ogun State government, stressing that such is evident in the enviable programmes run by the State Polytechnic, four ICT Specialized Polytechnics and other State institutions under the supervision of NBTE.
He said the need to establish a new polytechnic in the State was necessitated by the upgrade of the existing Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta to a full fledge university, “it must have come to the notice of the Board that the Ogun State Government, through the sovereign and collective will of the good people of the State and by an act of parliament, recently changed the status of our leading polytechnic, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, to a degree awarding institution', the Governor explained.
According to the Governor, the institution would henceforth be known as Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) while the new polytechnic will assume the original name of Ogun State Polytechnic as soon as all arrangements are concluded.
He further stated that the quest to establish a new polytechnic was as a result of the state's desire to promote Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) with the aim of producing professionals with industry-relevant knowledge and skills for innovation and entrepreneurship and commended the Board for maintaining standard and quality Technical and Vocational Education in the country.
On his entourage were members of the State Executive Council and the Technical Committee midwifing the establishment of the new polytechnic, including the former Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola, Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahmon Ade Bello among others.
While receiving the application documents on behalf of the Management of NBTE, the Executive Secretary commended the government and people of Ogun State for the importance the State attaches to education especially Technical and Vocational Education. He stated that Ogun State ranks first out of the 36 states in Nigeria in terms of delivery of TVE with a total of 28 approved institutions under the supervision of NBTE.
“There are a total of 28 approved institutions under the supervision of NBTE in the State, about the highest number you could find out of the 36 states of Nigeria: a Federal Polytechnic, six State Polytechnics/Technical Institutions, two Colleges of Health (one state-owned and one private), eight Innovation Enterprise Institutions, four Vocational Enterprise Institutions all privately owned and seven Technical Colleges all State owned”, Dr. Kazaure explained.
The Executive Secretary who noted that though it may be cheaper and easier to start a new university due to the infrastructural requirement of most polytechnic programmes, advised the state government to cater for the 43 programmes currently running at both ND and HND levels in the Polytechnic.
He called for adequate provisions in terms of classrooms, studios, workshops and field facilities for all the programmes to relocate to the new site or make a plan to graduate the existing students at the present campus of the new university while they make provision at the new site to admit into the ND programmes.
Dr. Kazaure who promised a visit by the staff of the Board to the proposed site of the new polytechnic for a revalidation exercise, urged the government to expedite actions in the provision of all necessary infrastructure in order to ensure that all the approved programmes commence fully on the new site.
The Executive Secretary commended the Governor for the calibre of members of the technical committee to ensure the take-off of the new polytechnic in September, 2017, but observed that though there are former management officers of the polytechnic on the committee, there is no former or serving rector of a polytechnic. He however urged the Governor to appoint a serving or former rector of a polytechnic as member of the committee so as to lend a rare wealth of experience on the assignment of the committee.
On the commissioning of the new wing of the secretariat, Dr. Kazaure stated that the construction of the new office block which was since completed in 2014 to solve the problem of accommodation faced by staff was not commissioned due to lack of furniture. He thanked the Governor for commissioning the building, while also giving the assurance of the Board's readiness to ensure the actualization of the dream of the good people of Ogun State in establishing a new and vibrant Polytechnic.