We’re Committed to Making Ondo Varsities Globally Relevant – Hon Ayebusiwa

The Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Institutions at Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chris Ayebusiwa, has expressed commitment to working towards making the state-owned Institutions to become globally relevant.

The lawmaker said this on Thursday during a familiarisation tour of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, by the standing Committee on Tertiary Institutions.

“We realise that the quality of our tertiary institutions has serious implications for our chances of timely progress as a state, hence the committee and school administrators must unite to forge a progressive front. As a Committee, we are committed to doing everything humanly possible to ensure that our universities become globally comparable and relevant.

“We want an end to delayed monthly subvention and immediate solutions to other hitches, including meeting relevant stakeholders to resolve the issue of encroachment of the university land by the host communities, and deploying alternative dispute resolution methods in resolving pending Industrial litigations.”

While pledging to help the institution achieve its desired goals, especially the possibility of harnessing the coastline for the blue economy, Ayebusiwa told the management of the institution not to hesitate to knock on the door of the Assembly when the needs arises.

Ayebusiwa who commended the efforts of the Vice Chancellor of the institution towards promoting the image of the university also urged him to continue to maintain a good relationship between the institution and the host community.

Other members encouraged the VC to ensure that the institution have enough facility to aid learning, expand their frontiers of partnership, intensify more efforts in building their post graduate school as it will boost the Internally Generated Revenue of the institution as well as giving it more popularity.

Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Prof. Temi Ologunorisa in his address appreciated the committee members for finding time to visit the institution, describing it as an honor.

Highlighting the achievements of Governor Akeredolu, Ologunorisa who revealed that the institution which was established in 2008 and was running only one facility suffered a great set back but experienced a great turn around under Governor Akeredolu.

He added that the institution experienced infrastructural development, increase in number of facilities and students, as well as making the institution a beneficiary of TETFund.

Stating his own achievements as well, Ologunorisa noted that he has made a dramatic impact since his assumption, changed the narrative of the universiy and also, maintained a stable academic calendar.

He stressed that the institution, partnering with OSOPADEC will soon have a maritime academy and would run shipping management, port management programs. He added that the institution have collaboration with different universities outside Nigeria.

He, however, pleaded with the committee to use their connections to bring investors to the institution.

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