By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Monday disclosed that the First Technical University, Ibadan belonged to the Oyo state government contrary to insinuation in some quarters the University belonged to him.
The governor stated this in Ibadan while hosting traditional rulers in the state, led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, during a courtesy visit to his office,
According to Governor Ajimobi, contrary to the insinuation, TECH U University belonged to the Oyo state government “wholly and not any individual,” including himself.
“Let me use this opportunity to dispel the rumour going around that I am the owner of The First Technical University, Ibadan. People are expected to talk, especially when they lack proper information, but if we fail to dispel the rumour, it may stick and become the truth.
I want to say without any equivocation that I do not own the Technical University, Ibadan. It belongs to Oyo State Government wholly. It is easy for people to come up with such rumour because of the successful establishment of the university”, he said.
The governor added, “it is the first of its kind in Nigeria, and we are happy that we succeeded in achieving this in our time. Nobody believed we could achieve it, especially during a period the country was grappling with economic challenges.”
“Oyo State has had no financial input in the establishment of the university till date. All what you see there were done by lovers of the state, indigenes living abroad, international institutions and the CBN.”
Speaking further, the governor pointed out that the state government had not expended any fund on the establishment of the university till date, as all the structures in the institution’s premises were built by foreign donors and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Governor Ajimobi then charged other well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to also support the university through construction of structures like students’ hostels, halls, block of classrooms, amphitheatre and sports complex, all of which he said could be named after the donors.
While appreciating the royal fathers for the visit, the governor thanked the traditional rulers for their unflinching support for his administration in the last eight years, which he said had contributed to the success so far recorded.
“I give gratitude to the Almighty Allah for giving me the opportunity, in spite of my natural deficiencies as a human being. To serve humanity through the governance of Oyo State, which is unarguably the intellectual capital of Nigeria with highly politically-sophisticated people, is a rare privilege.
I appreciate you all our royal fathers and indeed, the entire people of the state immensely, because you made it possible for us to govern the state with uncommon success in the last eight years.”
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi while speaking declared that there was no institution that could correctly appraise the achievements of any administration in any state than traditional rulers, saying, the election of Governor Ajimobi for two consecutive terms was a testimony of people’s love and support for him and their acknowledgement of his administration’s success in some critical areas like education, health and infrastructure.
“I believe very much that if there is any agency that can make a correct appraisal of any government’s performance in any state, no agency is better placed than the traditional rulers in such a state.The reason is not far-fetched. Among the traditional rulers, there are those who have experienced some administrations, which qualifies them to make fair assessment of all. In my own case, and with gratitude to God for my longevity and the good people of Oyo for their support and cooperation at all times, I have experienced many administrations, both military and civilian.” he said.
Oba Adeyemi added, “Let me start from a non controversial statement of fact as far as Governor Ajimobi is concerned. It is that till date, he is the longest serving governor to occupy the Agodi Government House since the Western Region days. There can be no better empirical testimony of his acceptability by the people of the State than that. I doubt if anybody can deny the fact that the last eight years have been marked by peace in the state. He is always in constant touch with all security agencies, with his ears literally on the ground for vital information.”
The Alaafin of Oyo then wished Governor Ajimobi success in his future endeavours, saying, traditional rulers in the state were proud of him and would continue to pray for him and his family.
Among the royal fathers on the entourage, drawn from the six zones of the state, were Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola; Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdul-Ganiy Salawudeen; Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola; and Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin.