By OLA AJAYI, Ibadan
The visitation panel to the Polytechnic Ibadan which was set up by Governor Abiola Ajimobi has recommended that the institution be converted to Oyo State University.
The panel was constituted on October 20, 2011 by the governor as part of his administration’s resolve to reposition the institution for optimum performance.
The Chairman of the Panel, Prof. Clement Olusegun Kolawole, while submitting his report to Governor Abiola Ajimobi in Ibadan, also called for the upgrade of the polytechnic’s satellite campuses in Eruwa and Saki to autonomous institutions.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on media to the governor, Dr. Festus Adedayo, it quoted the panel as saying that Oyo is the only state in the South-West zone without a university of its own, adding that the polytechnic has all the facilities that qualify it for a full-fledged university.
The upgrade of the two satellite campuses to autonomous institutions, according to the panel, would create access to the teeming population of secondary school leavers in the state.
Besides, the panel also recommended that all the capital projects poorly executed be investigated and that the government should visit the institution to confirm the alleged fund mismanagement on the projects.
It called for the upward review of the annual capital grants being released to the institution as well as the percentage of capital grants to revenue grants, and that the management be made to comply with existing rules and regulations on matters affecting the polytechnic.
The panel also recommended that the cases of members of the institution’s staff who were wrongfully dismissed and/or terminated be revisited.
“The case of plagiarism established by the panel should be reinvestigated according to existing regulation on the matter while others who have breached existing regulations should be sanctioned to promote compliance,” the panel added.
It also called for the establishment of Bureau for Tertiary Institution (BTI) to prevent undue interference and politicization.
Responding, Gov. Ajimobi promised that his administration would do everything possible to improve the status of the institution.
While promising that the report of the visitation panel would be implemented, he said that necessary actions would be taken on the polytechnic’s matter in the next few weeks.