Oyo College of Agric Comments Ajimobi on Subvention Increase

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Barr. SHarafadeen Abiodun

The Governing Council of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora has commended the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi for the upward review of subvention/grant to the college from N17,045,069.33 to N43,090,139.06 with effect from payment June 2018.

The Council said that the upward review of the monthly subvention to the college from 25% to 61.7% representing an increase of 36.7% deserved an appreciation from the Governing Council, Academic Board, Management, Staff and students of the College to Governor Ajimobi.

The Governing Council Chairman, Professor Lateef Sanni stated this in a letter dated August 23, 2018 addressed to the Governor titled Appreciation on Upward Review of Subvention/Grant to Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo –Ora with reference nos Chairman/Gov.Con/01.

Professor Sanni said that the governor’s kind gesture is an indication of his genuine concern for the development of tertiary education in the state, stressing that the 36.7% increment has reduced the college’s huge financial burden in monthly salary payment,

He said that the Governing Council shares the financial sustainability vision for the college by the governor, assuring that the Council is committed to making the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora the first among its equals in the nation.

Professor Sanni disclosed that the college introduced eight (8) new programmes visited by the National Board for Technical Education between 1st and 4th August, 2018, noting that promotion, upgrading and conversion of suitably qualified staff were achieved in 2017.

According to him, “the college had only five (5) National Diploma programmes as at 2011. At the commencement of 2017/2018 academic session, the college programmes were 11 National Diploma and 13 Higher National Diploma Programmes. In addition, the college introduced eight (8) new programmes visited by the National Board for Technical education.”

He stressed that efforts were on to ensure that a proposed template on restoration of 100% salary and payment of accrued arrears are accepted by the unions, pointing out that staff and financial audit exercise had been concluded with final vetting in progress.

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