Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta
Ogun State government has set up a Tertiary Education Trust Fund to tackle infrastructural decay and deficit in the state-owned tertiary institutions.
Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this while inaugurating a state-of-the-art 1,000-seater hall donated to the Ogun State College of Health Technology (OSCOTECH), Ilese-Ijebu.
The facility was built and donated by a legal luminary and prominent indigene of Ilese Ijebu, Otunba Kunle Kalejaye (SAN) in honour of his sister, Mrs. Adetumbi Adebanjo (Nee Kalejaye) during her 72rd birthday anniversary.
The governor was represented at the inauguration by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu.
He expressed concern over the deplorable state of infrastructure in over a dozen tertiary institutions in the state, assuring that his administration is determined to restore the lost glory of education in the state.
The governor said his administration had set aside N200million from the trust fund for infrastructural development in the institutions while also paying regular payment of subventions to tertiary institutions.
According to him, directive had been given for payment of bursary awards to indigenes of the state in tertiary institutions across the nation after it was stopped 11 years ago.
He lauded Kalejaye for the donation, calling on corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to emulate the kind gesture of the donor.
Abiodun said: “For the first time in the history of the state, this administration has introduced what we call the Ogun State Tertiary Education Fund which is like a local TETFund for infrastructural development in the tertiary institutions in Ogun State.