Update on Fed Poly, Ayede

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Yinka ADETUNJI
Though the promised take-off fund for the newly founded Federal Polytechnic, Ayede, Ogo-Oluwa local government, Ogbomoso of Oyo state, is yet to be released by the Federal Government, the Ogbomosoland Consultative Council (OCC) and the management of the institution are leaving no stone unturned to ensure academic activities begin this session.
At the establishment of the polytechnic early this year along with others, President Muhammadu Buhari announced a take-off grant of N2 billion for each, raising people’s excitement about the speedy commencement of academic activities.
However, many months after, the funds have not been released.
The only thing done to demonstrate the resolve of the Federal Government is the appointment of the Governing Councils as well as principal officers for the institution.
Then, the technical team constituted by the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Board for Technical Education, had visited the permanent site at Ayede and locations for the proposed temporary sites to assess the facilities on ground.
The Ogbomoso Consultative Council headed by Dr Saka Balogun had previously through its technical committee headed by Senator Ayo Adeseun, identified some facilities in Ogbomoso zone for possible use of the institution on a temporary basis.
These included the National Youth Development Centre (NYDC) at Idi-Ayin near Iresaapa in Surulere local government; Ayede Community Grammar School and Government Technical College, Ogbomoso.
However, the Oyo state government declined the release of the Technical College and Ayede Community Grammar School, while acceding to the request of Community Grammar School, Ajaawa, headquarters of Ogo-Oluwa local government for the use of the new school. This was orchestrated by the Ajaawa community.
The technical team from Abuja when they came for their visitation were thus at Idi-Ayin and Ajaawa to assess facilities.
Meanwhile, the OCC met on September 30 in Ogbomoso to evaluate situation so far on the institution “so that the community can, in deference to the Yoruba adage that the owner of the luggage needs to lift it at the heaviest side, make its own contribution,” a source at the meeting told ogbomosoinsightweekly@yahoo.com.
Another source close to the management disclosed, “The best bet now is the NYDC, Idi-Ayin. That will be the main campus for now and then other places like Ajaawa can be set up for use.”
Speaking further, the source assured that the management as well as the OCC are desirous that academic activities begin in earnest.
The OSF is consequently “raising funds and making all efforts to improve the centres so that the goal of commencement of the institution will not be a mirage.
“We have seen polytechnics in the past which did not take off five, ten years after establishment. We do not want that scenario with Federal Polytechnic, Ayede,” the source informed.

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