President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has released N1billion for the immediate commencement of the Federal Polytechnic Ile Oluji-Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It will be recalled that the President had earlier approved the commencement of Federal Polytechnic, Ukana in Akwa Ibom State where he released N1billion for commencement of academic activities and Federal Institute of Building Construction Technology, Uromi in Edo State.
Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike formally handed over the letter of approval of the new Federal Polytechnic to the government and people of Ondo State at the weekend in Akure.
He thereafter, accompanied the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko to Ile Oluji-Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State where he met with the Obaof the area, who was full of gratitude to President Jonathan.
President Goodluck Jonathan in the letter signed by the Honourable Minister of State and Supervising Minister for Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike, said “the new institution is established to provide increased access to our teeming youths who are yearning for tertiary education and to provide skilled middle level manpower for national development.”
While justifying the choice of Ondo State, President Jonathan said “the establishment of the Polytechnic is informed by the fact that there is no Federal Polytechnic in Ondo State as is the case with some of its peers in the South West zone of the country.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko expressed happiness over the siting of a Federal Polytechnic in Ile Oluji, in Ile Oluji-Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State by the Jonathan administration.
Speaking today at the palace of the Jegun of Ile Oluji, Governor Mimiko, said he received the letter announcing the establishment of the Polytechnic from the Federal Government and decided to locate it in Ile Oluji.
Governor Mimiko said the initiative is to him in fulfilment of the President’s promise to give Ondo State its dues in country. And a realisation of his dream to have a befitting institution established for our State in Ile Oluji.
He enjoined the people to continue to support the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration for its love and kindness to the State.
It will be recalled that a false rumour of a polytechnic allegedly rejected by Ile Oluji led to a communal crisis not long ago.
Governor Mimiko said he hopes that the siting of the Federal Polytechnic will put to rest all acrimony and ill will in the community and the local government at large.
The approved Polytechnic comes with a N1billion take-off grant from the federal government.
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