A former vice chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Prof. Razaq Abubakre, has expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the siting of a Federal College of Education at Iwo, Osun state.
Prof Abubakre, who was the immediate past Federal Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission representing Osun state, said the new institution would catalyse the socio-economic activities in the ancient town and its environs, and create employment opportunities for the masses.
He disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday and signed by Sulayman El-Mavericky on behalf of Ileri-Oluwa Group in Iwo Land, a group led by Professor Abubakre who is reputed as the first Muslim professor of Arabic from southern Nigeria.
In the statement made available to Daily Times, the don also expressed appreciation to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and Osun Governor, Alhaji Isiaka Oyetola for recommending Iwo as the host city for the new institution.
Professor Abubakre extended appreciation to the Chairman, BOT of TETFUND, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam and congratulated many prominent sons and daughters of Iwo Land and their well wishers for supporting the realisation of the dream institution.
He noted that the new federal college of education would contribute to the educational, economic, and social development of the city, the state and in deed the nation.
He especially congratulated the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, Dr. Oluremi Atanda, Barrister Gbadegesin Adedeji, Alhaji Liad Tella, Hon. Yunusa Amobi, Mr Waziri Adio, the Executive Secretary of NEITI and Prof Ishaq Oloyede, registrar of JAMB, for dream come true.
Professor Abubakre, who was also a former chairman of governing council,
Oyo State College of Education, exptessed felicitations to other notable indigenes including Prof. Lai Olurode, Senator Adelere Oriolowo, Dr. Amidu Tadese Raheem, Barrister Adam Adedimeji, Associate Professor Mahfouz Adedimeji and Hadj Semiu Okanlawo.
He expressed thanks to other individuals, whose names were not listed, for their efforts in extricating Iwo land from the grips of non-governmental presence that seems to have greatly challenged the ancient city.
Daily Times recalls that the federal government on Monday announced the establishment of six new colleges of education to be sited at the six geopolitical zones of the country, with Iwo, Osun state, hosting the one for the south-west zone.
The remaining colleges were approved for locations in five states: Edo, south south; Ebonyi, south east; Sokoto, north west; Bauchi, north east, and Benue, north central.
Daily Times investigation reveals there are currently 152 colleges of education in Nigeria, 21 of which are owned by the federal government, while 82 and 49 are owned by state governments and private proprietors, respectively.