By Akeem Abas
Ibadan – Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has charged members of tertiary institution’s governing councils to add value to their respective institutions.
The governor gave the task on Monday in Ibadan while inaugurating the governing councils of six tertiary institutions in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the governor had on Jan. 9 announced the appointment of governing councils for the six state-owned tertiary institutions.
Ajimobi urged them to demonstrate creativity and commitment aimed at adding value that would bring new lease of life to the institutions.
“Our institutions has been bedeviled by lots of challenges, which are not from us as a government but the present challenges.
“We have carefully selected you, having found you to be men and women of proven integrity to add value to our institutions.
“I know all of you by your professionalism, value and competence. We believe in your ability to reposition the institutions.
“There is no doubt in my mind that you all are equal to the task and will make a difference,” he said.
Ajimobi said that government was not responsible for the payment of salaries but has been magnanimous in giving quarterly subventions to the institutions.
He also enjoined the governing councils and management of the institutions to work out survival strategies by diversifying out of the traditional source of revenue.
“We have employed KPMG Advisory Service to audit the institutions. KPMG in its report has advised that some institutions were unsustainable and some for close down.
“I charge you to come forth with ideas that will add value and bring a new lease of life to the institutions.
“We are hopeful that government could review its reduction in subvention as the economy becomes more buoyant,” he said.
The governor said that the country today was training clerks and not technological staff or entrepreneurs, saying such was the reason for the establishment of Technical University, Ibadan, to make a difference.
Ajimobi said that the institution has commenced academic activities with much emphasis on technology and entrepreneurship.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Prof. I. A. Adeyemi, the Chairman, Governing Council of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, appreciated the governor for the careful and meticulous selection.
Adeyemi said that they were men and women of proven integrity, promising not to disappoint the governor by putting in their best.
“We hope to build strategic idea to bring solutions to the challenges bedeviling the institutions. I assure you that we have already started the efforts here.
“We should be able to come up with a strategic plan for each institution that will bring about the desired development and expected difference,” he said.
NAN reports that the event was attended by members of the state executive council and heads of the various institutions.