The Executive Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday stated that the First Technical University in Ibadan belonged solely to the state government and not for him or any other person.
Gov. Ajimobi made the clarification while receiving Oyo state traditional rulers led by the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi who were on a courtesy visit to his office.
Ajimobi, while speaking, used the event to avail the traditional rulers of his administration’s achievements in education and other sectors in the last eight years of his administration.
The governor said that the government had not expended any fund on the establishment of the university till date, as all the structures in the premises of the institution were built by foreign donors and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“Let me use this opportunity to dispel the rumour going around that I am the owner of The First Technical University, Ibadan. Prople are expected to talk, especially when they lack proper informayion, but if we fail to dispel the rumour, it may stick and become the truth. I want to say without any equivocation that I do not own the university. it belongs to Oyo state Government wholly. It is easy for people to come up with such rumour because of the successful establishment of the university.
“It is the first of its kind in Nigeria, and we are happy that we succeeded in achieving this in our time. Nobody believed we could achieve it, especially during a period the country was grappling with economic challenges. Oyo state had no financial input in the establishment of the university till date. All what you see there were done by lovers of the state, indigenes living abroad, international institutions and the CBN.
“I give gratitude to the Almighty Allah for giving me the opportunity, in spite of my natural deficiencies as a human being,” the Governor stated.