Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has assured that the state-owned university, Technical University, Ibadan, will receive all necessary support from his administration.
The university was established by the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
The governor made this known when he received the Governing Council of the university on a courtesy call to him in his office on Wednesday.
Makinde, who received the team led by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, noted that he was impressed with the calibre of eminent professionals who constituted the council.
“Looking at the composition of the council, I can say you are men and women of great accomplishment that is beyond the ordinary. You are some of the best we can get around.
“When we were dissolving boards, we made an exception to Tech-U, because we looked at the profile of the people involved and we were convinced that you are there on your own merit.”
“If I were to choose members of the council, I would have also chosen majority of you. We gave exception for Tech-U because of the work you’re doing for Oyo State.”
The governor noted that he had exercised caution on the university because he wanted more information on the ownership profile of the university.
Earlier, Prof. Ibidapo-Obe commended the governor for the strides he had so far recorded and assured that Tech-U would be available to provide the requisite intellectual capacity to achieve the vision of the administration and tackle developmental challenges of the state.
On his part, Tech-U VC, Prof. Ayobami Salami, thanked the governor and noted that with the strides already made by the university, including obtaining its first patent within two years of commencement of academic activities and the recent webometric ranking that ranked it as one of the most impactful universities in the country, Tech-U was poised to become a notable science, technology and innovation hub that the state could be proud of.