Oyo opens Technical University 2013

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The first set of students will be admitted into Nigeria’s new Technical University next September, increasing Nigeria’s universities to over 160.

The new university will be located in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The Executive secretary of Nigeria’ National Universities Commission(NUC),Professor Julius Okojie has formally presented a letter of recognition to the university to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, charging the governor to “give all it takes to the new institution to survive’’.

Okojie expressed dissatisfaction with the manner with which some state universities were being politicised, which always led to their eventual collapse.

“The most difficult institutions to run are state owned institutions,’’ he noted.

He attributed the problem to change in leadership and politics of ethnicity, adding that, “we cannot play politics with university education’’.

Okojie, who also said universities of technology in Nigeria had lost focus, noted that the system was failing because there were no industries to “translate theory into practice.

He said universities had big roles to play in ensuring the advancement of technology in the country, especially through constant researches and commitment to quality education. 

Ajimobi said the university was established to fill the gap in courses that were missing in other universities in the country.

“What makes this university unique is that we are focusing on courses that are not readily available in other technical universities in Nigeria, such as mechatronics, aircraft technology, robotics, cyber space security and others.

“What we are doing is marrying classroom with industries through the curriculum, which will be engineering and technology based,’’ he explained.

He said three local and international companies had already indicated interest to cite their industries on the university campus, which would help in achieving the goal.

The governor said the university was being modelled after other technical universities in Asia and Europe, adding that he hopes to encourage entrepreneurship and engineering studies.

Ajimobi said the establishment of university would not affect the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states.The institution, situated at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, he said, would take-off in Sept. 2013.


  1. Victor

    Where is market for would be graduates from this university? Where are the industries that need people with this type of skills? If we have need for people with these skills, it is not going to be in thousands that warrants establishing a whole new university. Rather than starting a new technical university, why can’t we add these courses to The Polytechnic, Ibadan and fund the institution adequately. The Poly should be able to award degree if the issue is certificate. Why are we not concentrating effort and take advantage of economy of scale for better result? Apart from political reasons, I can’t see any reasonable justification for a new university (with all the overhead expenses) in Oyo state when the potential of LAUTECH and Ibadan Poly has not been fully utilized. This is not a good way to spend public money.

  2. Taiwo Akande

    This is a monumental achievements!!Generations unborn willl experience this visionary ,epochial and heroic initiative.Kudos to everyone out there that conceived and actualize this with particular reference to Gov Ajimobi,Proff Oladapo Afolabi,Proff Oke,Mrs Fayoku,Adebayo Ojo and others too numerous to mention.The speed of sound at which you achieve this is astonishing and inspiring.Your names are etched on Gold.!!

    1. Bola

      What happened to the older universities?…majority became starved of funding. The same will happen to this one in a few years. We dont need new universities, what need is increased funding of the older ones so we can make their names great again. This is a personal project of ur governor. Once his term ends im sure support will seize n what will become of the fortune spent on the project.
      Nigeria is a disgrace to the black race.

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