The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun may have rescinded his government’s decision to scrap the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, as he said today that the institution “will continue to exist.”
Speaking at the prayer session to mark the 80th birthday of the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona at the Central Mosque, Ijebu-Ode, he said controversy surrounding the government’s action in February 2012 has been resolved.
“TASUED has come to stay. The school is back to life and will continue to exist. Very soon than you expect, the Governing Council of Tai Solarin University of Education will be constituted to enhance its smooth running,” he said.
The government had announced that the institution would be affiliated to the Faculty of Education of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, a decision which was greeted with divergent views.
The governor thanked the Awujale for his fatherly intervention on matters relating to the existence of the institution, which is the first university of education in Nigeria.
The states helmsman at the prayer session, which had Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos and the former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, among other prominent dignitaries in attendance, described the Awujale as a lover of Ijebu race “who will do anything without looking back for the sake of his people.”
“Kabiyesi’s fatherly counsel by extension on both state and national issues cannot be overemphasized,” Amosun added, while also praying God to grant him many more years of impacting on the nation.
In his remarks, Oba Adetona lauded Amosun for his unprecedented infrastructural development of the Gateway State and thanked him for yielding to the request of the Ijebu people on TASUED.
In his lecture, the Grand Chief Imam of Ijebuland, Sheikh Abdur Rasak Ishola Salaudeen urged all and sundry to follow God’s pattern for living, because according to him, “we shall all give account of our deeds before the Almighty.”
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