Ogun West Stakeholders Seek Relocation Of MAUSTECH To Ipokia

ABEOKUTA – Stakeholders in the Ogun West senatorial district of Ogun State have urged the state government to site the proposed Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), in Ipokia Local Government Area of the State.
Recall Governor Dapo Abiodun had set up a seven-man panel to review the status, operation and funding of the new university created, from Moshood Abiola Polytechnics by the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
The stakeholders in their different position papers submitted to the panel and sighted by journalists in Abeokuta averred that the siting of MAUTECH in Ipokia would help to give the senatorial district increased the sense of belonging.
The Ogun West stakeholders also said the sitting of the school in Ipokia will also address the gap in university education for the people of the area and the state at large.
Besides, they affirmed that their position will incubate science-related innovators and technopreneurs for the overall growth and development of the state.
As representatives of the traditional institution, academia, community leaders, professionals, youth associations, non-governmental organisations, leaders of thought, among others, they submitted that MAPOLY should remain in Abeokuta, the state capital as Ogun Poly.
According to the stakeholders, benefits that the establishment of MAUTECH will bring to the zone include partnership with the Science and Technology Park of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology located in Owode, Yewa South Local Government Area, which is just a few minutes away from Ipokia; proximity to industrial hub, access to international students, high community support, among others.
Among the groups with Memoranda included in the position paper sighted by newsmen include The Ipokia Local Government Academia, Education Committee Of Yewaland Development Council, League Of Ogun West Academics, The Ogun West Stakeholders Forum (OWESF), The Pacesetters of Ipokia, and Ogun West Student Association, among others.
The Ogun State House of Assembly had in 2017 passed into law the executive bill for the upgrade of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta, just as it moved the polytechnic to Ipokia to start from scratch.
However, two years after the signing of the law by the immediate past administration, the polytechnic is yet to take-off and series of agitation and protests had rocked the commencement and efficiency of the two higher institutions.
Aside from the imbalance in the distribution of tertiary education enunciated, the stakeholders said the University of Science and Technology in Ipokia would complement the Science and Technology Park located in Owode-Yewa as synergy between the park and the university.

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