By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde on Thursday declared that restructuring of the country and the decentralisation of its economy will afford all states the opportunity to develop their resources at their own pace.
The governor said this in Ibadan while receiving the University of Lagos Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association during a courtesy visit to his office at the Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
Stressing that though restructuring may not be a total solution, he said it would address the major challenges facing the country, saying, “at the end of every month, weare all going to Abuja cap in hand and that has stunted our growth everywhere you turn to. Even, the issue of insecurity we are faced with and economic challenges.”
“Yes, a restructured and decentralised country will not be fix-all (solution) but it will, at least, put us on that trajectory where we can start dealing with other issues at the local level,” he said.
The governor added, “this is indeed a challenging period for us as a country across various sectors, education inclusive, and tertiary education cannot be left to the government alone. And it is also tied to our request for a restructured country.”
“I remember in the late 70s my eldest brother was leaving secondary school and going to the University. 1977/78, you apply to various universities, you do their exams and then if you are qualified they put you in. And certain areas thought they were disadvantaged and what did we see, then we have JAMB for the entire country and then we started having grammar like ‘educationally disadvantaged’ and quota system’, ‘catchment area’ and all sorts of things, and what did that do for us? Basically it arrested growth in that sector.” Speaking on his administration,the governor informed the Alumni Association that its objectives were noble by asking for past students to come and contribute to the school in form of endowments, saying “your reach will determine what you will get.”
The National President of the Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association, Engineer Dideolu Falobi, while speaking auded the developmental programmes of Governor Makinde, described him as a good ambassador of the faculty and the institution at large.
He said the purpose of the visit was to familiarise and intimate Governor Makinde on some of the contemporary challenges facing the faculty as identified by the leadership of the faculty, and how all stakeholders would sit together and proffer solutions to the challenges.