The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, has said that the proposed Ibadan Technical University, would be self-sustaining.
Prof. Olowofela, in an exclusive chat with The AUTHORITY, debunked the insinuations that the state government is out to give the university to private investors, saying the school would take off in September 2017 with the first set of students.
Recall that the process of amending the 2012 law establishing the university commenced few days ago in the State House of Assembly with members raising questions over the modalities for public/private partnership in the running of the university.
They raised concerns over the manner of investment of private individuals and organizations, stressing that the university might gravitate from a public to a privately-owned institution, if the terms of investment of private partners were not well spelt out.
On the Home Grown School Feeding project, the commissioner said the programme which just started might be experiencing some problems, which will be overcome soon.
According to the professor of Physics, 60 per cent of the food vendors for the programme have been cleared and engaged, adding that it would create jobs, improve school enrolment, reduce malnutrition and improve agricultural enterprises.