.On Monday, Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State, signed a bill that will transform the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education in Oyo into a university of education.
At a speech made in the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, after the bill was signed into law, the governor said that the measure will improve the state’s access to high-quality higher education.
According to him, the state’s tertiary institutions now receive 100% of their subvention rather than just 25% of it.
The governor was cited as adding that his government will continue to be focused on providing the people with excellent governance in a statement from the governor’s chief press secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa.
“This is yet another historic occasion in the history of tertiary education in Oyo State,” he declared. Education is undoubtedly one of the four pillars of the present government, which we termed Omituntun 1.0. Sustainable development is the Omituntun 2.0 to come.
“Of course, when we took office, we made a number of promises about education, and I’m pleased to say that we are delivering on them one by one.
In the course of leading our beloved State, we also made the following vow. The Emmanuel Alayande College of Education was upgraded to a degree-granting school as promised, and now we are signing the measure into law. We did this by forwarding an Executive Bill to the Oyo State House of Assembly. The legislation is referred to the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Law 2020.
“Permit me to use this occasion to express my gratitude to the Oyo State House of Assembly for passing this measure so quickly and for cooperating.
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In the history of Oyo State, this is one Assembly where it is very difficult to know who is majority and minority. So, I am hopeful that the consequent Assembly will take a cue from what you have achieved. Once we sent in documentation, you have always ensured the bill is passed. You did this because of the love you have for our people.
“Another thing we have seen here is the fact that all the arms in Oyo State are working in harmony; from the Executive to the Legislative and to the Judiciary. We have all remained focused on delivering good governance to our people and this is why we are sure that the people we have served will reward us by voting in Omituntun 2.0.
“As I always say, we must keep reminding our people of where we are coming from. Tertiary institutions have gone from receiving 25 to 50 percent subvention to getting 100 percent subvention.
“The state’s institutions now run their academic calendars with little or no disruptions, due to delayed payment of lecturers’ salaries, which has become a thing of the past
“We have shown what we can do with our state-owned LAUTECH. Not only did we secure sole ownership, but we also established the College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources at Iseyin and the buildings are already being constructed at the campus.
The finest state-owned university in Nigeria, according to rankings, is LAUTECH. Consequently, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education will soon be renamed as the Emmanuel Alayande University of Education after this measure is signed into law and the NUC’s announcement is anticipated in a few days or weeks.
Following that, the University will have the legal authority to confer university degrees, diploma certificates, and other academic titles and distinctions.
Another way we are improving Oyo State residents’ access to high-quality higher education is by doing this.
“We want to make sure that the Emmanuel Alayande University of Education excels among Nigeria’s educational institutions.
Prior to that, Rt. Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, stated that the bill to upgrade the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo to a degree-awarding institution will become public on November 23, 2022.
It will bring the total number of state-owned universities to three, he claims.
When it first opened in 1896 as St Andrew’s College, the university changed its name to Oyo State College of Education and then, in 2008, to Emmanuel Alayande College of Education.
Similar to this, Barr. Abdulraman Abdulrahim, the commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, claimed that converting the institution into a university of education will aid in producing qualified and experienced teachers in the state.