By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has concluded plans to launch toll-free telephone lines that would avail citizens the opportunity to make distress calls and also alert government of amenities that require urgent attention in their communities.
These numbers would also provide feedback mechanism on activities of agencies and government officials, who shirk responsibilities or became high-handed on duties assigned to them by the State.
The Chief of Staff to the Ogun State Governor, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu gave this hint during a live television programme in Abeokuta, saying the toll-free numbers would be made available to the public as soon as “we launched the feedback and distress call centre”.
On the promise of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led government to rehabilitate 236 primary schools and primary health centres, Salisu explained that work was currently ongoing across the State to rehabilitate a primary school and primary health care centre per ward.
“I emphasize this again, we will do a minimum of one primary school in each of the 236 Wards and the process has started, before the schools resume in the next two weeks, we will invite everyone to see the level of work being done.
“The primary health care centres are also on course, we are bringing in equipments for the General Hospital, Ijaye. Work is equally progressing at the General Hospital, Ilaro. We are currently out to employ Resident Doctors and other medical personnel for the State’s Teaching Hospital in Sagamu”, he said.
Salisu also noted that government decided to return the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), to its former status, in order for it to resume full academic activities because it has accreditation till 2023, while the issue of the Moshood Abiola University of Technology was being sorted out.
“When we came, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (Mapoly) has accreditation up to 2023, we are in 2019, extensively, Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) was created about two years ago, no accreditation, no take off, in fact, hurriedly, I think April or May, in the twilight of the last administration. The Governing Council was just constituted and the law establishing Mapoly was not abrogated.
“What we simply did was to see Mapoly begin academic activities, while we sort out the issue of Mautech,” he said.
Salisu added that the decision of the State Government to return Mapoly back to status quo had helped the institution to conclude its 2018 admission, start admission for 2019 session, adding that the institution could not have completed the process of establishing its radio station, if it had not commenced academic activities.