Indigenes of Iwo, an ancient town in Osun state, have impressed on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to consider the town in the distribution of the 16 Federal Science and Technical Colleges planned by the government, hinging their call on ‘equity and justice’.
Minister of Education, Adamu had hinted on plans by the Federal Government to establish more learning institutions at the 64th Meeting of the National Council on Education (NCE), held in Port Harcourt, on November 07, 2019– a development that would bring to 37 Federal Colleges of Education when put into effect given that there are existing 21.
Reacting to the disclosure, Iwo indigenes through a community development advocate, Mr Kabiru Adeniyi Adisa, FCA, lauded the federal government for sustaining its effort to reposition the nation’s educational system for self-reliance, encouraging the government to ensure that Iwo tops considerations in citing of the planned 16 Federal Science and Technical Colleges.
The chartered accountant who lamented the shoddy treatment of Iwo over the years, decried that Iwo status as Senatorial headquarters count for little or nothing in the distribution of public infrastructures– a situation that leaves Iwo as underdeveloped and one or maybe the only town with its status that has no federal government presence.
“Just recently, Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, was upgraded and has been enjoying support as part of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), with a potential of a Federal Medical Centre, whereas, Iwo was left akimbo and enjoys no federal infrastructure, even though, we’re the headquarters of Osun West Senatorial district,” Mr Adisa noted.
“Almost every towns or areas who share similar status with us and worse, those who are below Iwo, have one or two federal infrastructures that benefits their people. This is a deep sore that people of Iwo have endured for too long and must stop.
“That is more reason we’re taking our case before President Muhammadu Buhari and Honourable Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to as a matter of fairness and justice, put an end to the stigmatization of Iwo by citing one of the planned 16 Federal Science and Technical Colleges on our land.”
Mr Adisa who expressed deep-seated trust and confidence of Iwo people in President Buhari to write the wrongs of several years right, said citing a learning institution in Iwo will “erase pains of several years and give a population of over 400,000 people deserved opportunity to train their wards and also boost the economy of the town.”