The National Universities Commission. NUC, has issued provisional license to the Osun State Government for the take off of University of Ilesa.
The Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, while presenting the license to the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, said the establishment of the university would make it the 60th state university and 220th in the country.
Prof Rasheed said the establishment of a new university was one of the important legacies any leader could give anywhere in the world.
He commended the governor for this gesture, saying the university will focus on Agriculture and Health Sciences in order to produce graduates that will be relevant to the state as well as boost its economy.
” Having review this brief and because of the way the state supported in the supposed restructuring of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, we promised that any time the state wants a university, we will be ready to support.
”That time has come and having met the requirements consequence upon the receipt of your letter and the former presentation of necessary documents, I write on behalf of NUC that with effect from Thursday, Nov. 10, that the University of Ilesha is recognized as the 60th state and 220th university Nigeria”, he said.
Prof Rasheed said the 111 private universities in the country could only account for 6% combined enrollments, while public universities took 94%, hence the need for establishing the new state university.
In his response, Governor Oyetola said the establishment of the university was geared towards developing the human resources needed to drive growth in Osun and Nigeria.
Oyetola explained that the university was borne out of Aug. 6, 2021 visit of a delegation of Ilesa elites to his office requesting for the upgrade the 44-year-old College of Education, Ilesha.
Oyetola said the increase in the quest for knowledge further strengthens the importance of higher education.
“Higher education institutions are also critical and central to the development of well-rounded leaders and skilled personnel in all areas of human activities.
”This calls for the need to develop our current college of education into a full-fledged university to train and equip a diverse group of youths with professional skills, entrepreneurial ability, and innovative insights especially in agri-business, mining and health.
Also, Former Governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, said with the new university, Osun now qualifies as a centre for knowledge.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu