Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi
Ademola Babalola , Ibadan
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has denied ownership of The First Technical University otherwise known as Tech – U, Ibadan .
He said the institution belongs to the state government .
The governor made the clarification while receiving traditional rulers led by the Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi , who paid him a courtesy visit on Monday .
Among the royal fathers on the entourage, drawn from the six zones of the state , were Eleruwa of Eruwa , Oba Samuel Adegbola ; Aseyin of Iseyin , Oba Abdul- Ganiy Salawudeen ; Olugbon of Orile – Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola; and Balogun of Ibadanland , Oba Owolabi Olakulehin .
Ajimobi said , “Let me use this opportunity to dispel the rumour going round that I am the owner of The First Technical University, Ibadan .
People are expected to talk, especially when they lack proper information , but if we fail to dispel the rumour , it may stick and become the truth .
“ I want to say without any equivocation that I do not own The First Technical University , Ibadan .
It belongs to the Oyo State Government wholly . It is easy for people to come up with such a rumour because of the successful establishment of the university .
“ It is the first of its kind in Nigeria , and we are happy that we succeeded in achieving this in our time .
Nobody believed we could achieve it , especially during a period the country was grappling with economic challenges .
“ Oyo State has no financial input into the establishment of the university till date .
All what you see there were done by lovers of the state , indigenes living abroad , international institutions and the CBN. ”
He urged other individuals and corporate bodies to also support the university through the construction of hostels , halls , classrooms , a theatre and a sports complex .
Oba Adeyemi said there was no institution that could correctly appraise the achievements of any administration in any state than traditional rulers .
He said , “I believe very much that if there is any agency that can make a correct appraisal of any government ’ s performance in any state , no agency is better placed than the traditional rulers in such a state .
“ The reason is not far- fetched . Among the traditional rulers , there are those who have experienced some administrations , which qualifies them to make fair assessment of all.
“ In my own case , and with gratitude to God for my longevity and the good people of Oyo for their support and cooperation at all times, I have experienced many administrations , both military and civilian.
“ Let me start from a noncontroversial statement of fact as far as Governor Ajimobi is concerned .
It is that till date , he is the longest – serving governor to occupy the Agodi Government House since the Western Region days .
There can be no better empirical testimony of his acceptability by the people of the state than that. ”
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