The Forum for Oke-Ogun Progress (FFOP), a social developmental group in Oyo State has called for the establishment of Federal University of Agriculture and Technology in Oke-Ogun Area of Oyo State. The Oke-Ogun region has witnessed series of lopsidedness in tertiary institutions allocations and developmental injustice since the creation of the State in 1976.
In light of the foregoing, the group wrote a letter to the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) as well as the Distinguished Senate President on 1st October and 7th October, 2019 respectively to enable them re-consider the creation of the Citadel of Learning in the educational disadvantaged region of Oyo State.
Speaking to the President and founder of the Association (FFOP), mr. Saheed Adekunle Muraina (PMI), he remarked that the proposed agriculture and technology- based University would be a round peg in a round hole for the agrarian community of Oke-Ogun. Such a University would remedy the age-long educational backwardness in the Senatorial Zone of Oyo-North.
Apart from the University of Ibadan, which is a Federal University, the wide land mass of Oyo State has revealed the need to have another degree-awarding Institution such as In Lagos (UNILAG, NOUN and City University of Technology, Yaba), Kaduna (Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and Nigerian Defence Academy), Kano( Bayero University Kano (BUK) and Nigerian Police Academy (NPA), Wudil) among others.
He mentioned further that there are available infrastructures such as adequate land, irrigation, fisheries and hydro-electric facilities for the establishment of the University in Oke-Ogun, which will, in turn, enhance agricultural technology researches in the country, boost FGN Agricultural Transformation Agenda on Food Security and ultimately improve government revenues from agric-based exports.