By Bukola Hameed
Oyo State Descendants Forum Abuja chapter has lauded the giant strides of governor Seyi Makinde since inception in May 2019.
The Forum in a statement made available to News Live Nigeria acknowledged and commended the welfarist and open-door disposition of the present administration in the state under the leadership of His Excellency, Engineer ‘Seyi Abiodun Makinde which is a clear departure from the auto-democratic posture of the immediate past administration.
Even distribution of resources across board also caught the Forum’s attention. It says, ” A great Worthy of encouragement and attention also was the even distribution of resources to all the zones of the state since the inception of this humane administration in 2019 till date. This gladdens the heart of all citizens as it gives hope to both the high and low in the state.”
The Forum however observed that in the leadership position of all the tertiary institutions in the state, all the Zones have a relatively fair share of representation except Oyo and Ogbomoso Zones though “they” are aware that this is not a deliberate scheme against these Zones by the present administration.
” In the two Zones identified, the case of Ogbomoso Zone is worse because while Oyo Zone had a go at the leadership of a couple of institutions in recent past, the last time Ogbomoso had this opportunity was way back sometimes around 2008 when Dr Alabi was appointed to be the head of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo. Unfortunately, he barely spent two and a half years before his tenure was abruptly brought to an end.
” The leadership of the State owned tertiary institutions as it stands today is as follows: Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo is headed by a Provost of Oke-Ogun extraction which makes him the acting Provost, Oyo State College of Education, Lalante. The acting Rectors, The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki; The Polytechnic, Ibadan and the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology Igbo-Ora are of Ibadan extraction while Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa is headed by an acting Rector of Ibarapa extraction. Going by this analysis, Oyo and Ogbomoso Zones appear to have been left behind in the scheme of things; this and the fact that one of the three candidates who have been adjudged qualified for the position of Rector of the institution so far is a candidate of Ogbomoso extraction.”
” The Forum on this note humbly and passionately appeals to Mr Governor, Engineer ‘Seyi Makinde to use his good office and high sense of equity and fairplay to ensure the appointment of the only candidate from Ogbomoso Zone as Rector, OYSCATECH, Igbo-Ora.”
Meanwhile, the Forum hopes that His Excellency would further confirm his known sense of fairplay and commitment to even distribution of resources by doing Ogbomoso this honour and prayed that the administration succeed more exceedingly well.
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