GOVERNOR TASKS REHOBOTH ON PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH OSUSTECH
Ondo State Governor, Arakurin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has tasked the Management of Rehoboth Centre for Advanced Technology to ensure a working and mutually productive partnership with OSUSTECH.
Governor Akeredolu gave the charge while speaking at the “Groundbreaking Ceremony” of Rehoboth Centre held on Thursday, 24th January, 2019 at OSUSTECH Permanent Site.
Akeredolu said that he is hopeful that Rehoboth will replicate and domesticate its United States experiences in OSUSTECH by providing a real practical support programme, state-of-the-art facilities and trainings that will greatly enrich the theoretical classroom knowledge of OSUSTECH students.
This, he said will make them globally competitive and employable graduates after graduation from the University.
He further charged Rehoboth’s leadership to work towards facilitating exchange programmes and scholars, joint research, symposia and projects with OSUSTECH by notable foreign Universities.
Akeredolu added that if the opportunity is well utilised and harnessed, he is confident that both OSUSTECH and Rehoboth will be able to produce and provide the highly technical and skilled workforce locally required in the State and Nigeria at large.
“I look forward to seeing the fruits and success of this collaboration in no distant future”,
Arakunrin Akeredolu disclosed.
Meanwhile, in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of OSUSTECH, Prof. Sunday Roberts Ogunduyile applauded the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN for his commitment and support for the University, especially in the areas of provision of funds towards the resuscitation of the abandoned building projects, linking the University with collaborators within and outside the Country and securing interventions for it from various sources.
“We appreciate you sir for personally seeking ways to advance the cause of this University and taking it to higher height”,
Prof. Ogunduyile also thanked the Rehoboth Foundation for the collaboration and for its resolve to establish Rehoboth Centre for Advanced Technology on OSUSTECH Campus.
This, he noted, will enhance innovation and technological advancement, which is the primary reason for the establishment of OSUSTECH by the Ondo State Government in December 2007.
“Particularly to engendering the provision of needed manpower training to address the critical areas of industrial and technological developments in Ondo State and Nigeria as a whole”, he stressed.
The Vice-Chancellor maintained that he is optimistic that the collaboration would bring about “radically bold innovations and technological breakthrough” that will change the narratives of Ondo State and Nigeria in the areas of infrastructure and cost effective globally-competitive technologies.
In his remarks, the President of Rehoboth, Rev. Felix Awotula commended the Governor for welcoming the partnership between Rehoboth and OSUSTECH, which he claimed was rejected by the last Administration in the State.
Awotula reiterated that Rehoboth Centre for Advanced Technology will focus mainly in training students and other trainees in the following four major areas namely: Aquaponics, fabrications, low cost laterite housing and Biomass Technologies.
He assured the Governor and other guests at the occasion that nine students of OSUSTECH will be among the initial beneficiaries of the exchange programmes with four designated universities in America.
Delivering his goodwill message, the immediate past Consul-General of Nigeria in Atlanta, USA, Mr. Kayode Laro, represented by Otunba Afolabi Adebola stated that the event would not have been possible without the commitment of Mr. Governor and Rehoboth’s President.
He therefore wishes the Centre a dream come true and remarkable successes.
The Ground-breaking ceremony was graced by government functionaries across the State, Chairman, Governing Council of Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, Prof. Akinbo Adesomoju, Chairman Okitipupa Local Government, Hon. Morenike Alaka, Chairman Irele Local Government, Hon. Prince Gbadebo Odimayo and traditional rulers including Jegun of Idepe, HRM, Oba M.O. Adetoye, Ahaba of Ajagba, HRM, Oba T.O. Adesayo.
Others are the University Ag. Registrar, Mr. Felix Oladapo Akinnusi, Ag.Head of Library, Mrs. Victoria Alade, Ag. Head of Audit Unit, Mr. Abiodun Adeseyoju, Dean Faculty of Science, Prof. O.M. Folarin, Dean, Postgraduate School, Prof. T.G. Okedayo, Sub-Dean, Faculty of Science, Dr. Aderonke Ikuemola and Head of Works, Physical Planning and Development Unit, Arch Frank Akinpelumi.