Site LAUTECH campus in any of Irepo, Oorelope, Olorunsogo LGs, Rep member appeals to Makinde

The member representing Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo federal constituency of Oyo State in the House of Representatives, Honourable Olumide Abiodun Ojerinde, has appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to site a campus of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, in his constituency.

Hon Ojerinde in the special appeal to Governor Makinde suggested that the governor should “kindly consider any of Irepo, Oorelope and Olorunsogo local government areas to site one of the proposed campuses of LAUTECH,” saying this would, among other things, enhance the quest to stem the rural-urban drift.

Ojerinde said: “Governor Seyi Makinde should please consider this appeal with keen interest, considering the poverty and high burden of disease in rural areas of Igboho, Igbeti and Kisi. There is a need to focus specifically on improving the standard of living as well as the quality of life of people in rural and remote areas, particularly if the urban drift is to be reversed.”

The lawmaker, who spoke through his Senior Legislative Aide, Mr Abayomi Ogunnowo, at a press conference to announce his end-of-the-year empowerment programme, in Igboho.

He said: “It is worthy of note that Irepo, Oorelope and Olorunsogo local government areas, despite their strategic location in Oyo State and their population, and their significant infrastructural challenges, have no tertiary institution. It is no longer news that the good people of my Federal Constituency have over the years been subjected to daily suffering due to the absence of basic social amenities. We don’t have a university, polytechnic or even a college of education. No tertiary health institutions. This needs to be considered.

“We appeal to Governor Makinde to spread the development of Oyo State beyond Ibadan and Ogbomoso axes and look in the direction of Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency. Therefore, looking at the plight of my people, a campus of LAUTECH should be sited to either Igboho, Igbeti or Kisi.”

He held there was a disparity in socio-economic development as reflected by the lack of major tertiary educational facilities across any of the local governments that make up his federal constituency, and noted that “the consequence of all these is the pervading low quality of life of people in the area.

“It is therefore logical that any of the three local government areas with such strategic economic, cultural and geographic significance should have at least a campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology that can cater for the needs of the growing population.”

Ojerinde appealed that “the establishment of a campus of Ladoke Akintola University in Irepo, Orelope, Olorunsogo federal constituency to service the entire Oke Ogun will go a long way. Also, my constituents are in dire need of a federal or state presence to fill the huge gap and address the concerns of those whose future will be guaranteed by the establishment of this university campus.

“The campus will bridge the manpower and infrastructural gaps in the Federal Constituency and also provide employment opportunities which would accelerate socio-economic development in the host communities.”

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