IDO-ANI MONARCH COMMENDS FUTA’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The contributions of the Federal University of Technology, Akure to the development of education over the years in Nigeria have been commended. The commendation came from the traditional ruler of Ido-Ani kingdom, the Alani of Ido-Ani, his Royal Majesty, Oba Major General (Rtd), Dr. Olufemi Olutoye while receiving the Management of the University at his palace on Tuesday June 5, 2018. Oba Olutoye told the FUTA Management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape that the contribution of FUTA in advancing the cause of Technology education in Nigeria and beyond is not quantifiable.
Oba Olutoye a lover of education whose wife Olori Professor Omotayo Olutoye yeyeluwa of Ido-Ani kingdom is the first Nigerian Professor of Yoruba studies said education is not strange to Ido-Ani as the first Primary School in the Kingdom was established in 1894. He however appealed to FUTA Management to ensure that his kingdom feels the presence of the University more through engaging youth in developmental programmes, through this he said the age long relationship between his kingdom and the University will be sustained.
Extoling the achievements of FUTA the Asiwaju of Ido-Ani land Mr. Segun Oladele Olapeju said it is a great pleasure to have the University Management in Ido-Ani land. Olapeju said he is particularly interested in what Ido-Ani stands to derive from any kind of partnership it would enter with FUTA.
He said it would be a good development to have a FUTA’s pre-degree Centre in Ido-Ani. Olapeju said with the availability of land FUTA should look into the possibility of setting up a research and teaching farm in Ido Ani.
Professor Fuwape in his remark said the Monarch has been a friend of the University for a long time. Professor Fuwape expressed FUTA’s interest in Technoprenuship and Agroprenuship and assured the monarch of FUTA’s readiness to partner with Ido-Ani in order to develop its youth and prepare them for a better future. He told the monarch to use his influence to canvass support for the nascent School of Health and Health Technology and the FUTA’s School of Medicine.
Lending his voice, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Phillip Oguntunde said he appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with Ido-Ani for educational development. He mentioned FUTA’s Technology Park, Incubation Centres and Cottage Industry which he said could be replicated in Ido-Ani. The Registrar, Mr. Richard Arifalo who was also on the entourage of the Vice Chancellor described the visit as part of the strategy to strengthen FUTA’s engagement with its immediate communities.