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Oyo Assembly Renames First Technical University After Abiola Ajimobi

30 May

Reported by Ayooluwa Afolabi

The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed a bill into law renaming The First Technical University to Abiola Ajimobi Technical University.

The House passed the bill into law during the plenary on Wednesday after the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions was presented by its Chairman, Hon. Oluwafemi Fowokanmi.

The bill, which renamed the First Technical University, Ibadan to Abiola Ajimobi Technical University was passed into law after it was sealed through the third reading.

The First Technical University, Ibadan was established by late Governor Abiola Ajimobi in 2017.

Speaking on the importance of the passage of the bill into law, the Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions, Hon. Oluwafemi Fowokanmi, said that the law will enable the institution to enjoy benefits enjoyed by other state-owned institutions.

Hon. Fowokanmi noted that the institution is being financed from scholarship payments by the local governments in the state and its internally generated revenue.

The lawmaker maintained that with the renaming of the institution to Abiola Ajimobi Technical University, Ibadan, it has authenticated that the institution is one of the state-owned tertiary institutions and will have access to subvention like every other institution in the state.

Hon. Fowokanmi also stated that the move will allow the institution to admit students through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and also bring down the tuition fee, which will invariably allow more admission seeker Indigenous students to enroll.

It will be recalled that Governor Seyi Makinde sought the repeal of the law establishing the institution by the House of Assembly to reflect a change of name to Abiola Ajimobi Technical University, Ibadan.

The governor disclosed in the letter forwarded to the House, that the step is to ensure that the institution’s governance structures are in line with other state-owned Institutions.
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