Ayede Poly to get take-off grant soon – Prof Ajiboye
The bottleneck causing the delay in the takeoff of the Federal Polytechnic Ayede, in Ogo-Oluwa local government area of Oyo state will soon be removed, it has been disclosed.
According to Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), the institution along with the others that were founded at the same time with it in 2021 is captured in the 2022 budget, and so fund is bound to be released for its take-off any moment.
Professor Ajiboye made this disclosure Saturday while speaking with newsmen at the 2nd edition of the Ogbomoso Development Association Merit Award Day held at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso.
Ajiboye informed he and others are not relenting in working to ensure the polytechnic commence academic activities in earnest.
He disclosed non-availability of funds was the cause of the delay noting however the polytechnic would enjoy budgetary allocation this year to facilitate its take off.
“Work is going to start this year, it is about budgetary matter. There was a little hitch with regards to the budget of the polytechnic but I can assure you that it has been captured in the 2022 budget and they are going to start work in earnest.”
He added, “It is not only the Ogbomoso one, each of these polytechnics are supposed to get N2b and we are working towards that for the release of the N2b take off grant.”
The Ogbomoso-born educationist assured further that indigenes of the town especially within the fold of Ogbomoso Descendants Development Association are working tirelessly to facilitate other developmental projects, saying, “we are talking of Light-up Ogbomoso, we are talking of other projects we have in the pipeline for the development of this place. These will soon materialize.”
Candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) from Ogbomoso are being made to sit for the exams in Oke-Ogun towns, which has been causing a lot of protests, he was asked what was being done to correct the anomaly.
He stated however that this had been rectified, ” It is not every year, it happened one year and we corrected it. What happened was that the staff of LAUTECH were on strike, this disrupted the examination that year and JAMB was not happy and that was why they blacklisted LAUTECH but immediately the late Kabiyesi Soun Ajagungbade and myself stepped in. Baba Kabiyesi called me and l immediately spoke with Professor (Isiaq) Oloyede and it was corrected it had been reversed and they have started taking UTME exams in Ogbomoso again in LAUTECH here. We have a good CBT Centre in LAUTECH and our children are already taking the exams here.
The Professor of Social Studies and Environmental Education who enthused that under him TRCN had become a well-known, more efficient organization expressed happiness over the merit award bestowed on him by the ODA saying it shows the little contributions he is making towards the development of his birthplace is recognized.
“The major reason why l came for the award programme is that when recognition is not coming from outside but it is coming from your home you just have to be there. It gives one joy that your people actually recognize the little contributions you are making in the community. So, l am very very much grateful to the Ogbomoso Development Association for recognizing the little contributions that we are trying to make for the development of Ogbomosoland. So, l am happy. I am highly elated.”