With new polytechnic, Ogun’ll become centrepiece of industrial skills education in Nigeria – Amosun
by RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta
September 19, 2017 | 12:09 am| | | Start Conversation
Haven achieved an economic status of the largest industrial hub in the country with most presence of manufacturing plants, Ogun state is working towards being the centrepiece of industrial skills and technical education designed to feed manufacturing industries operating in the country, especially those domiciled in the state.
The move came to the fore following the foundation laying exercise conducted by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state for the main campus of new polytechnic tagged, “Ogun State Polytechnic located at Ijaiye-Oke Eeyinbo in Ipokia local government area of the state at the weekend.
The foundation laying ceremony for new polytechnic came into the existence due to the upgrade of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta (MAPOLY) to the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), which prompted re-establishment and relocation of the institution to Ipokia in Ogun West Senatorial District.
Speaking shortly after the foundation laying of the institution that will sit on 500 hectares of land, Governor Amosun said, “Through the sovereign and collective will of the good people of Ogun State and by an act of the Ogun State House of Assembly, we recently changed the status of our leading Polytechnic, the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, to a degree-awarding institution.
“The Institution, which will henceforth be known as the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), will enlist in the comity of Universities in the nation as one of the foremost citadels of learning in Nigeria. And, in its stead, a new multi-campus Polytechnic to assume the original name of the Polytechnic, that is, the Ogun State Polytechnic, emerging in Ipokia, in the Ogun West Senatorial District.
“The journey to establish this new Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, began with the resolution of the 51st State Executive Council Meeting of 2016. This was later sent as a Bill to the State House of Assembly and passed into law on 13th March, 2017.
The journey took a step further into reality when on Monday 3rd July, 2017, an official presentation of documents for the establishment of the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, was undertaken at the National Board for Technical Education, Abuja.
We thank God Almighty that the dream for the establishment is finally becoming a reality.”
While confirming that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) had accredited 42 courses in the fields of science, technology and management, the governor noted, “By these developments, our niche in technical education aimed at producing professionals with industry-relevant knowledge and skills for innovation and entrepreneurship will continue.
“Today, our dear State is the industrial capital of Nigeria. We also want to take advantage of our position as an educational hub to meet the personnel demands of the growing industrial economy especially as science and technology skills will continue to be in greater need across our dear State, and even, across Nigeria.
“Our commitment as an Administration is to leave no stone unturned in crossing the Rubicon of building our human capital and capacity through qualitative and affordable education. This is another effort at sustaining our legacy as the leading State in the area of education. As we say in our parlance in Ogun State, Ise Ya!”
RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta
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