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The Local Government Chairmen in the Southern Senatorial District of Ondo State have resolved to adopt OSUSTECH as their own property.

This disclosure was made by the Chairman, Ese-Odo Local Government, Hon. Shedrack Ojo while speaking at the “Inauguration of OSUSTECH Community Relations Committee” meeting held on Thursday, 28th November, 2019 at the main campus of the University in Okitipupa.

According to him, the Chairmen of the six Local Governments in the Southern Senatorial District, which consist of Okitipupa Local Government, Irele Local Government, Ilaje Local Government, Ese-Odo Local Government, Odigbo Local Government and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government resolved to adopt OSUSTECH as theirs.

He pointed out that the benefits that would accrue to the people of the localities in which the University is located and Ondo State in general cannot be over-emphasised.

“This is a welcome idea. We assure you that we will key into it and ensure that people at our various communities see and embrace OSUSTECH as their own and make meaningful contributions towards its development, success and sustainability”, he submitted.

He equally assured the Management that the Chairmen would get back to the University on what they would bequeath to the University in terms of project.

Similarly, Hon. Ojo promised that they would meet the Chairmen of Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) so as to spur them to complete their seemingly-abandoned hostel projects in the University.

“We shall as well lend our voice and efforts to the appeal to Mr. Governor to increase the subvention of the University”, he added.

Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of Okitipupa Local Government, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya pledged that the Chairmen and their people, henceforth, will see OSUSTECH as theirs and will work towards its survival and advancement.

He said the Chairmen will work to ensure the Obas in their Communities are also well involved in the OSUSTECH Project.

Omo’ba Adesanya, lauding the Management of the University for the “OSUSTECH Advancement Ambassadorial Awards” given to them recently, declared “even after leaving the position of chairman, we would still contribute our quota to move OSUSTECH forward”

He however appealed to the Management of the Institution to diversify in its courses so as to bring in more students towards impacting on the host communities and thereby improve its Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR).

In her remarks, the Chairman of Odigbo Local Government, Hon. (Mrs.) M. Y. Akinsiroju, represented by her Protocol Officer, Mr. J. A. Akinnusi, commended the Management of the University for the good initiative saying, “We embrace the idea and pray God Almighty give us the enablement to move the University forward”.

She noted that with the “OSUSTECH Community-Relations Committee” in place, people in the community would be properly carried along and get involved in the development of the University.

Hon. Akinsiroju lauded the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his unrelented efforts at making the University world-class.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sunday Roberts Ogunduyile told the Local Government bosses that the essence of the Committee is to maintain town and gown relationship, which he noted is the practice all over the world.

The VC stated that membership of the Committee would be drawn on equal representation, from both the community and the university.

According to him, members of the Committee from the Communities would be nominated by the Chairmen of the six Local Government Areas.

“The Committee is to initiate a number of projects, fashion out ways by which they can be achieved and carry along our people from the various communities to buy into the visions of the University so as to contribute meaningfully towards the accomplishment of those projects”, Ogunduyile hinted.

He informed the guests that the benefits in this kind of university-community relationship are enormous and will, among other things, enhance cordiality and accelerate economic and infrastructural development of the host Communities and its surroundings.

“By involving the community, the public image of the University would be enhanced and there would be continuous interaction and communication, which will minimise frictions and promote understanding that would be mutually beneficial to both sides”, the VC maintained.

Ogunduyile said the existence of such committee in FUTA had given birth to a number of projects such as FUTA radio and building of hostels among others.

He informed the Chairmen that the university will soon begin short term Diploma and certificate courses for the benefits of the people of the community and beyond. He added that courses such as Geology, Marine Engineering, etc already approved by the University Senate and ratified by the Governing Council will begin next year.

The Vice-Chancellor also seized the opportunity of the meeting to seek support of the Chairmen towards mobilising the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) to complete their abandoned hostel facilities in the University in earnest.

He solicited for their assistance in the areas of donations and building of high-capacity lecture theatres as well as other teaching and research enhancement facilities.

In his own contribution, the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Prof. Rex Aladesanwa stressed on the need to maintain the university- community relationship.

He reiterated that out of the three Senatorial Districts in Ondo State, Southern Senatorial District is the most blessed in terms of mineral resources and proximity to water, adding that the absence of electricity for long has been hampering developments in the area.

He said that there is a lot the university can do to impact meaningfully on the community, especially in the areas of research and Agricultural extension services.

Aladesanwa noted that without electricity, adequate funding by the government, and the support of the people, this might be difficult to achieve.

Also contributing, the Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Olujimi Folarin remarked that if the university survived, the Community will benefit immensely in terms of economic and physical development.

“It is in this respect that we ask for your maximum support as people at the helms of affairs at the various communities, so that we can together, move OSUSTECH and our people forward”, Prof. Folarin advocated

Also speaking, the Ag. Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Dr. Israel Megbonwon asserted that when OSUSTECH is known across the globe through this joint relationship, the locality would as well become more popular.

He emphasised that as University is known for teaching, learning and research, OSUSTECH will focus on available raw materials in the area. One of such is the sand that is highly rich in silicon which can be used to manufacture electronic gadgets and the likes.

“Concluding, Megbonwon remarked; “How wonderful will it be to have Ikale Hall, Ilaje Hall, Ese-Odo Hall, Irele Hall, Odigbo Hall and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Hall on OSUSTECH Campus”.

In his reaction, the Ag. Dean, Students’ Affairs, Dr. Ilemobayo Oguntimehin represented by an Assistant Registrar in the Unit, Mr. Abiodun Kayode appealed to the Local Government bosses to find a way of building hostel facilities for students in Igodan-lisa Community, so as to bring down the exorbitant accommodation fees in the Community.

He claimed that, this would ameliorate the sufferings of indigent students who are in the majority in the area.

In his submission, the Farm Officer, Mr Temidayo Temola enjoined the Chairmen to embrace the idea of building lecture theatres in the University by each of the six Local Governments, saying lecture halls are among the most pressing needs in the university at present.

Others present at the meeting include the University Bursar, Mr. Kehinde Oladeji, the University Librarian, Dr. Fredrick Ajegbomogun, the Head of Works, Physical Planning Unit, Arch. Frank Akinpelumi, Coordinator, Legal Unit, Barr. Temitope Kolawole and P.A. to the Chairman, Ese-Odo Local Government, Mr. Adebayo Ezekiel.