President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved the establishment of Federal Polytechnic in Ayede, Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The President also approved a take-off grant of N2 billion for the new Polytechnic from the “funding resources of TETFund for the provision of core facilities for immediate take-off.”
Buhari disclosed this in a letter signed by the Federal Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary, Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono, and addressed to Governor Seyi Makinde.
Echono, however, said the TETFund had been duly conveyed to the department for immediate implementation. Meanwhile, academic activities are expected to commence in October 2021, he added.
The letter read in part, “In view of the above, a technical team from the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) will soon visit your state to identify the site in Ayede, Ogo-Oluwa L.G.A. and assess its readiness for commencement of academic activities in October 2021”
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It could be recalled that Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, had promised the people of Oke-Ogun zone in Oyo State that the federal government would establish a polytechnic in the area, after the re-election of the president, Muhammadu Buhari.
Osinbajo stated this while addressing monarchs and other residents of Oke-Ogun at the Bagi of Saki palace in Saki town.
“We have been touring Oke-Ogun for a few days now. We have received all the requests from the people and we will address them,” he said.
“We will also ensure that we see to the trans-border market in Saki. It will be part of our plans.
“Oke-Ogun deserves a federal institution, we will give you a federal polytechnic. Buhari is true to his words and we will do all we’ve promised,” he added.