The traditional ruler and people of Ondo State want the Adeyemi College of Education turned into a university.
The Osemawe of Ondo, Victor Kiladejo, has urged the Federal Government to accede to the demands of the people of his community and upgrade the Adeyemi College of Education, ACE, Ondo, from its present status to a University.
The monarch made the appeal during the commissioning of some projects executed by the management of the institution.
He thanked the federal government for the various projects executed at the institution. He, however, expressed disappointment over what he observed as the fate that has befallen the institution in the bid to get its status elevated to University of Education despite several promises from the Federal Government.
The monarch appealed to relevant government agencies to reconsider his demand and upgrade the institution into a conventional university so as to pave way for more development in the place.
“We are not really happy that this institution is still being referred to as Adeyemi College of Education. Therefore, I am pleading and requesting that relevant authorities should look into the matter and upgrade the institution into a conventional university”, he stated.
Earlier in his address, the College Provost, Adeyemi Idowu, described the occasion as a milestone in the history of the institution.
He said the decision of his administration to embark on the projects was aimed at addressing the problems arising from insufficient lecture theatres and to open new areas on the campus of the institution for rapid development.
Mr. Idowu, however, thanked the Federal Government and public spirited individuals, who acceded to the call of the institution for effective partnership in enhancing its development and growth.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, MacJohn Nwaobiala, who represented the Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, lauded the school’s management for the various projects executed in the institution.
He noted that the move has gone a long way in adding value to its physical development and growth.
“Whatever we do, there must be reform and effort to ensure that there are changes and improvement. That is what we are witnessing today; the commissioning of the projects is an indication that there are changes and reform going on in this institution,” he said.
The projects, which cost several millions of naira, comprise of four lecture theatres constructed by the institution, and another built and donated to it by Olabanji Akingbule, the Odunwo of Ondo Kingdom.
Three of the lecture theatres were named after a former Provost of the College, Segun Adesina, and two former Chairmen of its Governing Council, Late Safiyanu Allah-Kayi and Obonganwan Grace Ekong.