Controversy Trails Moves, To Review Abiola University, Abeokuta

Controversy has trailed a bill sent by Governor Dapo Abiodun to the Ogun State House of Assembly, seeking to determine the fate of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), Abeokuta.

A group of leaders from Ogun Central District have protested against the bill, ahead of its deliberation by the lawmakers.

President of Abeokuta Club, Engineer Tokunbo Odebunmi, addressing a news conference in Abeokuta on Saturday, says that the position of Egba nation is that the university must not be scrapped or relocated out of Ogun Central.

Odebunmi says, the Egba nation is worried, that the governor had sent a bill to the State Assembly to determine the fate of the university, without waiting for the report of a committee he set up to review its sustainability.

The immediate past Amosun administration upgraded Mapoly, Abeokuta to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology with an enabling Bill  passed by the State House of Assembly, in January 2017.

But the university failed to take off, more than two years before the tenure of the Amosun administration expired last May 29.

Shortly after Abiodun was sworn into office after May 29, Ogun West leaders visited him at his Iperu home and ask him to relocate the university to Ipokia to replace the Ogun State Polytechnic located in the town.

Meanwhile, Ogun State Government says there is no hidden or ethnic agenda in its ongoing review of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta.

It faults the Abeokuta Club, whose President, Engineer Tokunbo Odebunmi, who opposes the planned scrapping or relocating of the university, which according to him amounts to an anti-Egba agenda.

Governor Dapo Abiodun in a statement by his Special Adviser on Information, Modele Sarafa-Yusuf, says it is unfair for Abeokuta Club to give tribal coloration to the proposed review or accused him of a hidden agenda.

He explains that it is wrong to conclude on the likely position of his administration on the university when a committee set up to look at the operational modalities and its sustainability is yet to submit its report to him.

Abiodun says that MAUSTECH that his administration inherited only exist on paper as it has no functioning governing council, no facilities, no requisite academic and non-academic staff, and no students.

The governor adds that the decision of his administration so far respects the clamour by groups and regions in the state for even representation of government projects and evenly distribution of the resources of the state.

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