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Adeolu Akande To Ajimobi: All Isn’t Well, Restore Full Subvention To Tertiary Institutions


A gubernatorial aspirant in Oyo State, Prof. Adeolu Akande, has counselled the governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to restore the payment of full subvention to tertiary institutions in the state.

Akande also advised the governor to implement the findings of all visiting panels sent to the institutions by the government to restore peace and normalcy to tertiary education in the state.

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He gave the advice in a press release in Ibadan, arguing that the instability in the tertiary institutions in the state has assumed an alarming rate.

According to him, the government can no longer pretend that all is well with the tertiary institutions when workers strike and disruption of academic programmes have become the hallmarks of the institutions.

All tertiary institutions in Oyo State including the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa, Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate and Oyo State College of Agriculture, Igbo Ora are on strike over unpaid salaries ranging between 12 and 25 months.

Akande said the disruptions in the academic programmes of the institutions and educational careers of the students are a threat to the future of the youths of the state.

He said the Oyo State government is wrong to have resorted to reduction of subvention to the educational institutions and directing them to generate money from internal sources.

“Education is a social service and the responsibility cannot be transferred to the citizens. The government has a duty to the students and youths as well as the workers. The institutions are owned by the government. The workers are employed by the government. The educational institutions have boards and management that are recruited and appointed by the government. How then can the government deny its responsibility?

“The laws setting up the institutions make them the responsibility of the state. They are different in concept from the Technical University and trying to change the rule in the middle of the game will only create confusion in the education system and put the careers of the students at risk. The directive that the institutions generate funding from Internally Generated Revenue will only lead to schools charging competitive rates that will take education beyond the reach of most of the students”, he said.

Akande advised the government to review the education architecture of the state and commit resources to upgrade their facilities for effective service delivery, saying  Oyo State has lost its prime of place among the states of the federation in the area of educational accomplishments.

While acknowledging that the financial resources coming into the state from the federation account, Akande said the fundamental need to restructure the finances of the state by leveraging on its key comparative advantages of agriculture, tourism and solid minerals has become very urgent if the government must meet its responsibilities to the citizens

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