OGSG To Abeokuta Club: Don't Attach Ethnic Colouration To MAUSTECH Amendment Law - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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OGSG To Abeokuta Club: Don't Attach Ethnic Colouration To MAUSTECH Amendment Law

Governor Dapo Abiodun 
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA  - The Ogun state government has warned the Egba descendants through the Abeokuta club to desist from attaching ethnic sentiment to the action of the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to amend laws that established Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology. 

The government made this known through a press release signed by the Special Adviser on Information, Modele Şarafa-Yusuf and made available to journalists on Sunday. 

It would be recalled that, the Egba descendants has stood against the move of the government to amend the law which established the university. 

The government, has however, reacted to the position paper of the Egba descendants saying, ethnic colouration shouldn’t be attached to the action of the government. 

In the release, The government said, the allegation that the government is executing a hidden agenda in favour of any group or people in the state is grossly unfair. 

The release read in part, “The attention of the Ogun State Government has been drawn to a press statement credited to the President of Abeokuta Club, Engr Tokunbo Odebunmi, on the committee set up to look into the operational modalities of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, which were established by the immediate past government.

“The statement went further to impugn the decision of the government to resolve the impasse at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) and bring temporary respite to the already traumatised thousands of students receiving tuition there.

“What, however, has alarmed the government more in the statement by the Abeokuta Club is the tribal colouration given to government’s decision. The allegation that the government is executing a hidden agenda in favour of any group or people in the state is grossly unfair.”

The release further stressed that, the former administration established the University without making necessary arrangement for it takeoff adding that the institution ‘only exist in name’.

“This government inherited a protracted crisis at the MAPOLY over its status that had been changed to MAUSTECH by the last administration. Even MAUSTECH which was so established has nothing on ground over a year after its creation. There were no facilities to accommodate its upgrade to a degree-awarding institution.

“The last administration neither appointed a Governing Council to oversee its effective take-off nor put in place requisite academic and non-academic structures to run or administer the institution. There is also no record that efforts were made to source for students for the institution. In truth, MAUSTECH, from what we inherited from the last administration, only exists in name.

“Therefore, for the recent directive of the government that academic activities be returned to MAPOLY to be effective, the law establishing it has to be re-enforced.

“But while we understand and appreciate the clamour by groups and regions in our dear state for even representation of government projects, the decision taken so far by government is also to respect that clamour and ensure that the resources of the state are evenly distributed and judiciously appropriated. That informed the setting up of a committee on the issue.”

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