A visitation panel is to be set up by the Ondo State government to assess the state of development in all the tertiary institutions in the state.
The state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko revealed this at the special convocation ceremony for the conferment of honorary Doctorate Degree of Law on Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo-State.
According to him, the panel will be given a critical assignment of assessing the state of development of both human and physical infrastructure in the various institutions.
Mimiko assured them of adequate funding and befitting infrastructure, but not until the government has been able to ascertain the genuine nature of these infrastructure and financial needs.
In view of this, another review panel will be set up after the visitation panel has completed its assignment to review the recommendation of the visitation panel and advise the government appropriately.
He used the occasion to assure the people of the state that his government will lay more emphasis on social engineering and proper orientation of the people to help them out of their present poverty situation.
He pointed out that the people must be ready to change their attitudes in all aspects of life to that of the progressive, as students, lecturers, crafts-men, artisans and government workers, urging them to excel in their various places of work, so as to hasten government’s planned programme of eradicating poverty in the state.
“Let us tell the whole world that we can rule ourselves and be successful and be self- sufficient, this can only be achieved through hard work and changing of our negative attitudes to government utilities that are crying for development in our areas,” he stated.
He then urged them to be disciplined in all aspects of life and be determined to be involved in self-help projects in their immediate environment, adding that his government will not tolerate idleness or laziness.
Earlier in his address at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor, Dr. P.O Abiodun had intimated the state government about the various stages of development in the institution and requested for more funding from the state government.
He then thanked the governor for allowing the conferment of the honorary doctorate degree on Fawehimi to be possible.
It will be recalled that the name of Fawehinmi was hurriedly removed from the list of those to be conferred with various honorary degrees in the institution 10 months ago under the administration of the past governor of the state, Olusegun Agagu for reason best known to the governor then.
In her acceptance speech, the daughter of the people’s lawyer, who stood in for her father, Mrs. Basihart Biobaku, thanked the state governor, the institution for bestoying such a great honour to her father.
She urged the occasion to ask for prayers for her elder brother, Mohammed, who was involved in a motor accident that crippled him sometimes ago for quick recovery.
By OJO FUNSO, Akure