By James, Michael Igiri
Ogun State Governor, Mr. Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday 13th, March, 2017 signed the bill to upgrade the state-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta.
Also signed into law is the bill to establish the Ogun State Polyrtechnic, Ipokia in Yewa area of the State.
Amosun signed the bills during the state’s Executive Council meeting at the governor’s office in Abeokuta. He said the MKO University which would operate a multi-campus system, was expected to boost science and technology in the state.
This is the highest honour so far bestowed on the late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential poll rated worldwide as one of the freest and most credible elections in the history of the country.
The administration of the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha had in the wake of the political events of the time, arrested and detained Abiola for declaring himself president following the annulment of the election by military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
In a bid to immortalise him, various governments in Ogun state had at one time or the other named some government structures and public facilities after the Ogun State born businessman. Such included the state polytechnic- which is now being upgraded into a university of science and technology; and the state stadium in Abeokuta.
Amosun commended the State House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the bill. In an interview with newsmen after the occasion, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, said the House gave the bill an accelerated passage because of the priority attention the government accorded education.
He further noted that the establishment the two institutions would create more job opportunities, as well as bring development to the areas of the state where they are located.
The House had on January 31st, passed the MKO Abiola University Bill and the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, Bill.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper