The Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday urged Governor Ibikunle Amosun to stay action on the proposed merger of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, with the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago– Iwoye, until the law that established TASUED is repealed.
The House also urged the governor to stay action on the merger of the four Information Communications Technology (ICT) polytechnics into Ogun State Institute of Technology (OSITECH), Igbese, until all necessary steps are taken.
The polytechnics are Abraham Adesanya ICT Polytechnic, Ijebu–Igbo; D.S. Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori; Kenssington Adebutu ICT Polytechnic, Saapade; and Ayo Otegbola ICT Polytechnic, Igbesa.
The government, on February 8, announced the scrapping of TASUEDand re – named it Institute of Education, adding that it would operate in affiliation with the Education Faculty of OOU.
The government said the changes were recommended by a Special Committee set up to look into the reports of a Visitation Panel set up to examine the condition of state –owned tertiary institutions.
It said the decision would ensure qualitative and affordable tertiary education.
Addressing the Commissioner for Education Mr. Segun Odubela and his Information and Strategy counterpart, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, who were summoned by the House to shed more light on the matter yesterday, Speaker Suraju Adekunbi said though the decisions were taken in good faith, they would have to pass through public hearing.
“Do your consultations, so that the people will know that the decision was not taken to hurt anybody. I urge the students to patiently wait for the outcome of our deliberations.
“We have not done anything regarding the extant laws. Please stay action on the decision. The mandate we enjoy today was given to us by the students. We appeal for a stay of action.”
The House berated the Executive for announcing the mergers without consulting it.
Odubela said the decision was necessitated by the need to manage the state’s limited funds.
He said: “TASUED is being owed N6.31 billion, while the monthly salary of the staff of the 10 tertiary institutions in the state stands at N10 billion. Where would the state get the money for capital expenditure from, if such huge amount is sunk monthly into salary?”