Stakeholders Blast Akeredolu Over Panel Report On Ondo Tertiary Education
When the report on Ondo State tertiary institutions was submitted to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu by the visitation panels, there seems to be a ray of hope on faces of stakeholders in the state education sector.
The panel report was meant to put an end to several lingering crisis that have bedeviled the four tertiary institutions owned by state government.
Solutions to issues such as repositioning, mis-governance of the university, financial recklessness, petitions, over bloated employment and many more are contained in the panel report.
But months after the submission of the Reports, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu appeared to have thrown it into the trash bin of history.
Neither has contents of the report been raised for discussion at the state executive meeting nor any move been made on it for implementation by the governor.
Some stakeholders in the education sector however described the governor’s action as irresponsible and unacceptable.
One of the panel members who preferred not to be mentioned, said it is the most irresponsible act he has ever experienced in his professional sojourn.
"How can a serious government set up such professionals-filled panels and just dumped the reports somewhere and allow crises to be brewing at the institutions especially Rugipo and AAUA.
"The schools are in financial mess and we did a good job by recommending how such can be tackled. Of importance are subventions to the Universities and spending, award of contracts, inflation of contracts, financial recklessness, incompetency, moral ineptitude.
"But to our surprise, the Governor has decided to overlook all that."
A staff of the state University said they have not collected salaries for months.
“we have not been collecting salaries for months and students are being unnecessarily surcharged, which is causing unrest in the state.
"we all hoped the governor would use the reports of the visitation panels to reposition the education sector in the state but Aketi seems not to be interested in rescuing the sector. Some powerful people are covering up mess in this school."
Also a senior lecturer at the state owned-Polytechnic described the situation as very unfortunate.
“It is unfortunate that the report, which the various panels from the four tertiary institutions had since submitted to the Governor on Friday, 26th January 2018, is yet to see the light of the day three months after.
"The Governor has no doubt deviated from the progressive path, the platform through which he rode to the office he is occupying today."
The State Commissioner for education, Mr Femi Agagu had said the panel reports would be used to reposition the sector.
Akeredolu, had on November 21, 2017, inaugurated the Visitation Panel to all the four tertiary institutions owned by the Ondo State Government.
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