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Osun State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola has expressed confidence in the university of Ilesa measuring up to the expectations of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO

Governor Oyetola expressed this belief while receiving the report of the university of Ilesa implementation committee led by professor Olú Aina in his office.

Speaking on what informed his administration’s decision to approve the conversion of Osun State College of Education to a full-fledged university, the governor sighted numerous multi-billion naira projects executed by the ijesas through Communal efforts, urging other towns to follow suit.

“A community that builds a palace without asking other people to contribute to it, lo and behold, within a short period again, they have a Centre made up of about 1. 2 billion naira. They have proven to me without any reason that if indeed every community has this level of passion for development, whatever they ask for they should automatically have it.

He stated further that funding would not be a problem for the university because the law establishing it was predicated on the collaboration of government, community, stakeholders organizations and industries.

“ I thank the team member professor Olú Aina for a beautiful job well done, it is on record that the university was processed within 3 to 4 months… and I want to assure you that we will ensure the implementation of all your recommendations here,….. the beauty of this one is the fact that it is not just a conventional university, it is designed to take care of professionalism, that is Mining, Agriculture, Health sciences, ICT and things like that “

Earlier, the Chairman of the implementation committee, professor Olú Aina while presenting the committee’s report to the Governor reminded him of his charge to the 12-man committee at its inauguration on August 24, 2022, stressing that vision of the government is to increase access to quality education.

“It will be recalled that in November 2020, the Osun State government lost its part ownership of LAUTECH to Oyo State in order to put to rest the perpetual crises over the management of the institution, today, we are happy to deliver to you, a unique partnership arrangement for the success of take-off of a long terms Sustainable management of the university of Ilesa which I call the legacy to behold”.

Professor Aina said in keeping with the terms of reference for the committee, his team among others had worked with the state assembly to evolve q the appropriate law for the university and develop an academic brief and fiscal master plan to ensure its systematic growth and development.

According to him, the committee had developed other necessary documents relevant to meeting the needs for certification by the NUC which was obtained on November 9, 2022, and put it in the league of beneficiary institutions of JAMB, NYSC and TETFUND.

“Using world standard processes and procedures, we have screened and recommended proven and credible individuals who we believe would be assets to pioneer the governing council, function as principal officers as well as the development foundation…., we have also made adequate provisions for the smooth progression of the careers of staff and students of the defunct College of education”.

The principal officer designates: Professor Kayode Ijaduola- VC, Mr Oluwole Olalere Dada –registrar, Mukaila Oyekanmi- Bursar, Dr Helen Komolafe Opadeji- Librarian, Dr Adedokun Oluwafemi Ojelabi- director of academic planning, Mr Babatunde Mathew – Director of Public Relations

The presentation was witnessed by representatives of the University of Ilesa planning committee including the chairman, the Sawe of Ilesa, Chief Akinwande Akinola, The Lumobi of Imobi Ijesa, Oba Adetayo Haastrup, Barr. Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo, Chief Afolabi Igbaroola, Mr Wale Idowu and Mr Femi Esan.

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