Tertiary institutions in Onda State charge the cheapest tuition fees in the country. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko was recently declared the best state-owned university in Nigeria and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, was also adjudged the best state polytechnic in Nigeria.
ONDO State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko Friday said tertiary institutions in the state charge the cheapest tuition fees in the country. He disclosed this during the commissioning of the newly built Adekunle Ajasin University’s Senate Building which he described as “another of our legacy projects, which has become our trademark in laying a sustainable foundation for the development of our State.”
He added that the building “also signposts the history of our past, documents the records of our present and provides illumination for our future”.
The commissioning was done amid encomium showered on the institution’s outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof Femi Mimiko and the immediate past chairman and members of the university’s governing council, headed by Barrister Dan Nwanyanwu for their vision and unprecedented contributions to the transformation of the university.
According to Dr Mimiko, construction of the four -winged, five storey complex Senate Building located on 12 hectares of land commenced on March 7, 2012, and it was completely funded by the Ondo State government.
Governor Mimiko at the occasion received the education icon award of the National Association of Nigerian Students Zone D South West Nigeria. He said his administration will not relent in moving the state to the next level of sustainable development in all sectors, stressing that the provision of quality education for the citizenry assumes a matter of great concern for the administration within the context of the socio-economic environment.
As an active participant in the government and politics of the state for more than three decades, Mimiko identified infrastructural decay as a major challenge confronting tertiary and other institutions across the country, noting that his administration has continued to tackle this challenge in all the state-owned institutions.
He expressed delight that the huge investment of his administration in tertiary education has continued to yield results and attracted recognition from within and outside the country as the United States Transparency International Standards (USTIS) recently declared the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko as the best state-owned university in Nigeria and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, was also adjudged the best state polytechnic in Nigeria. (Guardian).