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LIVE COVERAGE: Foundation Laying Ceremony of Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia (Amosun Commissions Project)
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We will not demolish any village for new Ogun polytechnic – – Amosun
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun on Friday, said that no villages would be demolished or affected by the establishment of the new Ogun State Polytechnic at Iwuku in Ipokia local government.
Amosun disclosed this while delivering his speech at the Foundation Laying ceremony at the site of the main campus of the institution in Ipokia.
The governor stated that the decision to establish the school in Iwuku, Ipokia town was not to inconvenience the indegenes of the area but to fulfil one of his electioneering campaign to the people.
He added that all the farmers whose farms were affected to pave way for the institution would be adequately compensated
He pleaded with traditional rulers and village heads in the area to moderate their traditional festivals and other traditional activities for the sake of the incoming students.
He appealed to the traditionalists in Yewa land and it’s environment to accommodate the prospective students of the institution.
The governor, who emphasised on ‘Oro festival’ which the community is known for, appealed to the adherents to limit the timing of their rites to midnights.
Amosun explained that it was when development is allowed in any community that the culture and tradition of such community could also be developed.
He said, “We have our tradition and culture but we must moderate it. We will do our ‘Oro festival’ but it is better done in the dead of the night because we want development.
“We don’t want a situation where students will resume and their movements will be restricted at times when they should be in school. It is when we have development that our culture and tradition can be developed.
The governor explained that the emergence of institution in Ipokia would change the landscape of Ogun West, adding that well meaning individuals in the area should contribute to its development.
He further said the establishment of the Polytechnic in Ipokia was part of his administration’s socioeconomic blueprint to distribute infrastructure across the nooks and cranes of the state.
The governor stated that the institution would take off in October or November as directed by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE.
Earlier, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewa land advised all the Obas and village heads in the area to moderate traditions and apply wisdom in order to allow for smooth running of the new institution
He said, “I have to say this here, the Obas and Baales in Ipokia should moderate some traditions in this area, we should apply wisdom because we need to accommodate these students and lecturers coming around.
“We are not saying we should stop our culture and tradition but we must apply wisdom and moderate what we are doing. We have started in part of Yewaland, we must also do same here in order to allow development.
Olugbenle called on all the sons and daughters of the area to support the government gesture by donating structures for the quick take off of the polytechnic.
Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker, Ogun Assembly, at the event, commended the government for its consideration to site the school in Yewaland.
In attendance at the event are the deputy governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, Chief of Staff , Tolu Odebiyi, Head of Service, Abayomi Sobande, All Progressive Congress (APC) National Financial Secretary, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello and members of the state Excos.
Ogun Poly : Olu of Ilaro urges baales to moderate traditional rites
Addressing the people of Ipokia at the foundation laying ceremony of Ogun State polytechnic Ipokia, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the paramount ruler of Yewa land, commended the governor for establishing the institution in Ipokia. Olugbenle urged the people to support the government in putting the structures together.
He however, urged traditional rulers and baales in the town to moderate there traditional rites and festivals for the sake of the incoming students.
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