Ayede Polytechnic’s temporary site:FG technical team inspects Ajaawa Bap Sec Gram Schl, National Youth Devpt Centre, Idi-Ayin, shuns Technical College, Ogbomoso
A dramatic twist has crept into the matter of takeoff of the Federal Polytechnic, Ayede, in Ogo-Oluwa local government area of Ogbomoso Zone, Oyo state as the Technical Team from the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), which visited Oyo state midweek, to inspect the permanent site at Ayede and the proposed temporary sites, shunned the Government Technical College, Ogbomoso (GTCO), which had previously been speculated as the temporary site for the takeoff of the new federal tertiary institution.
The technical team, which met with the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Lasun Laleye and other top officers in the Ministry, however visited only two sites, aside the permanent site, for consideration as temporary site (s), which are the Baptist Secondary Grammar School (BSG), Ajaawa (headquarters of Ogo-Oluwa local government), which indeed was the first port of call and the National Youth Development Centre (NYDC), Idi-Ayin, in Surulere local government.
The Public Relations Officer of the Local/Community Implementation Committee set up by Ogbomoso Stakeholders’ Forum, Ambassador Akin Oyateru, affirming this said the two sites visited by the FME/NBTE technical team are BSG, Ajaawa, and NYDC, Idi-Ayin, in Surulere local government.
Asked on the rumour making the rounds that the Oyo state government had declined to release the GTCO as temporary site for takeoff of the polytechnic, Ambassador Oyateru debunked the insinuation positing that it was mere speculation.
“That is in the realm of speculation. As far as we are concerned, the Oyo state government has given various options as to where the polytechnic can takeoff temporarily while the permanent site in Ayede is being developed.”
He added that the choice of where to begin the institution temporarily rests with the FME/NBTE technical team, “So, this depends on the visitation team, based on their impression, determination and suitability of the sites, so, they will make the final decision. There is nothing determined yet. They will determine from their own point of view, they have the criteria and experience, they will determine which is more suitable.”
The technical team, accompanied by officers of the Oyo state Ministry of Education as well as members of the Local/Implementation Committee headed by Chief Sunday Dare (Minister for Youth and Sports Development and who is Agbaakin of Ogbomosoland) and Barrister Segun Adekunle, retired Permanent Secretary Special Duties, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Secretary), paid courtesy visit to Oba Thompson Adeyeye, Alajaawa of Ajaawa while in Ajaawa before proceeding to Ogbomoso to visit Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, Soun of Ogbomoso. The team has since returned to Abuja.
Assuring that the institution would commence academic activities in October this year, Oyateru asserts, “By God’s grace it will, the Local Implementation Committee is working assiduously towards this.”
Meanwhile, ogbomosoinsightonline.com learnt that the choice of BSG, Ajaawa, a Oyo state government grant-aided secondary school, wasn’t in the picture previously as it was not one of the places considered by the technical team set up by Ogbomoso Stakeholders’ Forum to facilitate the takeoff of the institution by recommending temporary sites, suggesting places for accommodation of principal staff and hostel accommodation for students, etc.
The sudden emergence of BSG, Ajaawa is thus one of the “options” made by the Engr. Seyi Makinde-led administration in the state. The Ogbomoso Stakeholders’ Forum-constituted technical committee, which had Senator Ayoade Adeseun as chairman and Barrister Dapo Atanda as Secretary, after thorough considerations had made its recommendations, with the following as its basis: “It must be noted here that the philosophical underpinning of the Committee’s work is that benefits accruable from the siting of this institution in Ogbomoso Zone should as much as possible spread among all the five local governments in the zone.”
The recommended places as temporary sites included Ayede Community Secondary School, Ayede; National Youth Development Centre (NYDC), Idi-Ayin; Government Technical College, Ogbomoso; and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Skill Acquisition Centre, Onipaanu.
While Ayede Community Secondary School and GTCO belong to the Oyo state government, NYDC, Idi-Ayin and the NDE Skill Acquisition Centre, Onipaanu, are federal government-owned facilities facilitated by Senator Ayoade Adeseun when he was in the National Assembly.
The release of the NYDC, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, had already been effected by Chief Sunday Dare and had gone ahead to facilitate the release of about N100m (one hundred million naira) for the completion of the place thus work is almost complete now.
The Ogbomoso technical committee further made suggestions on spread of courses such as General Studies and Pre-ND programme for Ayede Community High School; Science Laboratory Technology, Environmental Sciences/Design Courses i.e. Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Estate Management etc and Business Studies for NYDC, Idi-Ayin; for GTCO, courses like Engineering i.e. Mechanical, Civil and Engineering, Transportation Courses and Computer Studies are recommended; while the NDE Skill Acquisition Centre, Onipaanu, is recommended for hostel accommodation, dining/cafeteria complex and siting of buildings for administrative functions.
The technical team also identified suitable facilities for possible use as students’ hostels, as well as, accommodation for both senior and junior staff, with places such as Millennium Model Secondary School, Owode and other private facilities being the suggestion for this just as it made arrangement for transportation of students and staff to and fro these places.
It is thus the belief that the Ajaawa people perceiving their community, which is the headquarters of Ogo-Oluwa local government, the host council area, being sidelined, must have impressed it upon the state governor, Engr. Makinde, to consider BSG, Ajaawa as take off place, and hence the visit to the school and the palace of Ajaawa.
That might explain why the GTCO, which has many unused facilities and which indeed is a “junior polytechnic,” was shunned and wasn’t in the itinerary of the FME/NBTE Technical Team, but going by the words of the PRO of the Local Implementation Committee, Oyateru, it is a speculation that GTCO would not be used as temporary site.
Nonetheless, what is paramount presently is to facilitate the release of the N2b take off grant announced by the Federal Government and appointment of principal and other staff so that the institution can commence in October 2021 as stipulated.