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Edo commissioner clears air on ownership of state varsity

The Edo State Commissioner for Education, Gideon Obhakhan, has disclaimed insinuations that the newly- established Edo University, Iyamho, in Etsako West Local Government Area, was owned by the state governor, Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole.
He asserted that there had never been any controversy about the ownership of the institution, stressing that it is owned by the state government.
“Edo University, Iyamho, is the name of the school. So, why are people talking of ownership? What is their challenge?
“As the name implies it’s Edo University, not Adams Aliu Oshiomhole University. Why are they not asking who owns the University of Benin? It (Edo University) is a state university and it remains so,” he stated.
He said that the fact that the institution was cited in the home town of the governor did not mean that it belonged to him.
Obhakhan added that because the bill setting up the institution was adjusted on two or three occasions did not make it an invalid establishment.
Obhakhan disclosed that students are already on the campus and in no distant time the institution would hold its first matriculation ceremony.
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