Indigenes of the Oke Ogun geo-political zone in Oyo State have appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde not to suspend the take-off of the Iseyin Campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso.
Indigenes of Oke Ogun appealed to Makinde not to listen to opposition voices calling on the governor to postpone the resumption.
DAILY POST reports that there are 10 local government areas in the Oke Ogun zone out of the 33 local government areas in the state.
Governor Makinde recently established a campus of LAUTECH in Iseyin, one of the cities in Oke Ogun.
The Iseyin campus, which will harbour the College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources, has been scheduled to resume in May this year.
DAILY POST learnt that some people, under the auspices of the Federation of Ogbomoso Students Union (FOGSU), had earlier called on Makinde to stop the commencement of the Iseyin campus in May.
FOGSU President, Olarinde Muyideen, in a statement titled “LAUTECH: Stop Movement of Agricultural Faculty To Iseyin,” called on the governor to halt the commencement of academic activities in the Iseyin campus.
Oke Ogun indigenes, among whom are youth organisations and student bodies, enjoined the governor not to listen to calls for postponement of resumption.
A coalition of youths movements in Oke Ogun, which included Progressive Movement of Oke-Ogun (PROMO), Iseyin Youths Development Group (IYDG), Ebedi Frontliners, Iseyin (EFI), Ebedi Renaissance, Iseyin (ERI) and FILGS, in their reactions faulted the statement credited to students from Ogbomoso.
The groups made their stand known after an emergency meeting at the Aseyin Palace Pavilion on Monday.
They appealed to members of FOGSU not to allow themselves to be used by disgruntled politicians to drive a wedge between Ogbomoso and Iseyin towns.
Aare Babajide Oniyo, the coordinator of Iseyin Youths Development Group (IYDG), described the statement credited to Ogbomoso indigenes as unfortunate.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to a petition and proposed protest slated for 7 am tomorrow, 11th May 2023, initiated by some unscrupulous elements under the guise of Federation of Ogbomoso Students Union (FOGSU) to stop the commencement of academic activities of LAUTECH College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin campus, slated for May 2023.”
Similarly, the national president of the Progressive Movement of Oke-Ogun (PROMO), Hammed Saheed Adeyemi, said that the zone has been clamouring for a university for many years.
“The rational, educated and well-informed people of Oke Ogun, and Oyo State at large, support and appreciates the ingenuity of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Abiodun Makinde, not only for the peaceful dialogue to take absolute control of the great citadel of learning but also to think of a multi-campus system which will improve the economic and social development of many other regions and cities in the state.
“This focus on urbanization and job creation has started to materialise as a lot of people participated in the construction of the institution among other areas of job creation.”
Similarly, the national president of FILGS, Andrew Adisa, also called on the governor to ignore those calling for the suspension of the College’s resumption.
“I have to state clearly that the good people of Iseyin and its environment cast their votes for Governor Makinde in his first tenure and at the last concluded gubernatorial election because we totally believed in his government to bring the needed change to the Oke Ogun part of the state,” he said.