4 FG approved projects for Ogbomoso in 2021
Ogbomoso in Oyo state is passing through a swell time at the present in terms of federal government’s patronage and it is a kind of period one will wish never ends.
This is because this year alone, which is barely three months old, the city has become beneficiary of at least four important federal government projects, attracted by her sons occupying strategic positions in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Four projects that are already approved are a Federal Polytechnic, a Federal Specialist Hospital, Federal Fire Service and a 600-capacity vocational training centre for youths and women.
These projects are sources of enthusiasm and joy to the people in the whole of Ogbomoso zone in view of the several benefits that will accrue from them when they become fully operational such as employment opportunities, economic improvement, upscale in social activities etc.
(1). The Federal Polytechnic, Ayede, in Ogo-Oluwa local government, will be a massive project that will recruit hundreds of people when fully operational. The process of getting the polytechnic approved for Ogbomoso started in the 2000s during the sojourn of (the then Honourable) Ayoade Adeseun in the House of Representatives, when he emerged first as a member of the House Committee on Education and then as Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, a very preeminent committee in the House of Representatives. He fought tooth and nail literally to have the project brought to his constituency – Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa Federal Constituency. He succeeded to have it approved for Ayede, where his Physics teacher at Ogbomoso Grammar School is now traditional ruler – Oba Solademi Akanni Adewuyi, Alayede of Ayede. Many other indigenes of the city, who are highly placed in government, such as Barrister Sir Segun Adekunle (who recently retired as Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF), Professor Josiah Ajiboye (Registrar/Executive Secretary, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN), Pastor Joel Ojo (retired Director, Federal Ministry of Education, Tertiary Institution Department) and Chief Sunday Dare (Minister for Youth and Sports Development) and others, later rallied extensively to prevent the institution from being diverted from Ogbomoso. Its formal announcement early this year sealed their crucial efforts. Academic activities are expected to begin in October this year even as President Buhari has announced a grant of N2b for its takeoff. A temporary site is to be approved to meet the target.
(2) The Federal Fire Service, which is an agency in the Ministry of Interior, is statutorily saddled with preventing and mitigating fire incidences, fighting fire outbreak and paramedical and information services, was two weeks ago approved for Ogbomoso likewise. Egbe Omo Ogbomoso Parapo Agbaaye under the directive of Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, JP, CON, CFR, had written to the agency for location of a Federal Fire Service office in Ogbomoso. Ogbomoso sons and daughters in government pushed for its endorsement leading to its approval, communicated in a letter dated March 16, 2021, addressed to Oba Oyewumi and titled, “Re: Request for the establishment of a Federal Fire Service Office in Ogbomoso Oyo State.” The letter reads: “I am directed to write His Royal Majesty, the Soun of Ogbomosoland to inform His esteemed office that, His request for the establishment of a Federal Fire Service office in Ogbomoso is hereby granted and modalities for the deployment of Firemen and other ancillaries is (sic) being processed and will be implemented as discussed in our previous communication. Please regard this letter as an indication of the high esteem we hold your office sir.”
Reacting to the development, Youth and Sports Development Minister, Chief Sunday Dare, who was recently installed as Agbaakin of Ogbomosoland by Soun, expressed gratitude to the Interior Minister, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and Director-General of the agency, Dr. Ibrahim Liman for granting the approval. Dare subsequently assured that more Federal Government projects are on their way to Ogbomoso zone.
(3). The 80-bed Mother and Child Specialist Hospital: Located at Pakiotan area of Ogbomoso, the hospital, which is almost complete, is part of the efforts to improve data collection in maternal health and infant and neonatal mortality in Nigeria. It was facilitated by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goal, Mrs. Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State. The project is also expected to provide employment for about 120 people as part of the strategic interventions by OSSAP-SDGs to improve healthcare infrastructure across the country as Nigeria accelerates efforts towards the attainment of SDG 3. The project is about 70% completed presently.
(4). The 600-capacity vocational training centre for youth and women; One good turn brings another is a popular truism and it is what played out in securing this Federal Government project. The approval of the 600-capacity vocational training centre for youth and women for Ogbomoso was announced on the day Sunday Dare was installed as Agbaakin of Ogbomosoland by Soun. Present at the historical occasion was again the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who announced at the event, “Following the request from Chief Sunday Akin Dare, I am pleased to announce that a 600-capacity youth vocational centre will be established in Ogbomoso.” Work is expected to begin at its site any moment.
(5). National Youth Development Centre, Idi-Ayin: This project was facilitated by Senator Ayoade Adeseun in his days in the National Assembly and is standing on a 63 hectare land at Idi-Ayin near Iresaapa in Surulere local government. Well, the project was not completed as Senator Adeseun failed to return to the Senate in 2015. Now, Sunday Dare has exerted his influence for the release of N95m to complete the project in preparation for the establishment of Federal Polytechnic, Ayede, as the centre is being considered as a temporary site to ensure take off of the polytechnic in October this year.