The Ogun State government had assured students of tertiary institutions in the State of better learning environment, stressing that the government was not insensitive to their plights.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Students Matters, Comrade Adeyemi Azeez gave the assurance on Thursday during the flag off of a campus tour.
The tour began with the DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori, Ogun State.
Adeyemi disclosed that he embarked on the tour on the directives of Governor Dapo Abiodun to visit all the tertiary institutions in the State and get full details of the true situation of tertiary institutions in the State.
Adeyemi who interacted with the students and management staff of the Polytechnic, said it was regrettable that previous administrations in the State had totally abandoned the education sector, especially tertiary institutions.
He noted the present administration of Governor Abiodun inherited a failed education sector in the State and “that is why we are engaging the students and school managements to get the true picture of the rot in our schools.
According to him, the purpose of the tour was to interact with not, only school managements but also the students in the State with the view of finding lasting solutions to the mirage of problems facing tertiary institutions in the State.
He said the government was committed to returning the lost glory of the education sector in the State, stressing, that students remained key factor in achieving this.
His words, “I’m not here to give you assurances that are not realistic. It is not the duty of the government to build toilets but the duty of the school management.
“The government will interface with the school management to ensure that the challenging facing schools in the State are urgently resolved.
“This government is resolute to build a cordial relationship with students in the State and that is why the Governor has given this task for him to have first hand information on the state of campuses in the State.”
“Your (students) agitations will be well attended to and before I leave the campus you will begin to see changes. Government will do its part while the school management will also do theirs“, Adeyemi said.
He charged the students to prepare themselves for the great task ahead and called for a better relationship between them and the government.
Earlier in their contributions, the students expressed disappointment over the state of infrastructure in the school.
The Student Union Government (SUG) President of the school, Adegbero Adedeji in his remarks tabled the various demands of the students to the government, lamenting that the students of the institution were facing a lot of hardships in the school.
He noted that the students have been subjected to unconducive learning environment and urged the government to eradicate exorbitant fees charged by the management.
The Rector, Prof Olufemi Alfred Fatade in his response disclosed that the management was doing its best to ensure that the school is well ran.
He congratulated Adeyemi on his appointment as the Special Assistant, saying with his track records, the Governor had not made a mistake in appointing him as one of his aides.
Fatade attributed the challenges facing the school to paucity of funds, saying “When you don’t have enough funds, you are forced to make do with what you have.”