Igbomina Professionals Association (IPA) has urged Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to site the proposed Kwara State University of Education in their territory.
IPA President, Barrister Bayo Atoyebi made this call on Saturday while addressing newsmen at NUJ Press Centre, Ilorin.
According to him, The Igbomina Professionals Association is a group of professionals from all walks of life who are indigenes of Igbomina communities in Kwara State. Our members are resident across the country and the Diaspora. These members have used their hard-earned resources and expertise to proffer solutions to problems such as insecurity, poor education, poor healthcare delivery, unemployment, and communal clashes, etc. bedevilling our communities.
Atoyebi said the proposed Kwara State University of Education should be sited in Igbomina land, adding that they have submitted a memorandum to panel constituted by Governor Abdulrazaq.
His words: “We have submitted memorandum to 11-man panel constituted by our exemplary Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq but we are disturbed by the utterances of some groups demanding that the proposed University be located in Ilorin the State Capital where more than 90 percent of the State government and Federal institutions are presently located.”
“It is also important to note that KWASU Teaching Hospital, formerly General Hospital, and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital are in Ilorin township. Also, the Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (KWCAILS), Kwara State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kwara State Football Academy, Kwara State College of Aviation, Kwara State College of Agriculture, and Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS), and the newly established Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital are all in Ilorin.
“Without prejudice to the right of any section of the state to seek to attract development projects to its area, we are taken aback by the spirited demand by the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) that the proposed Kwara State University of Education be sited in Ilorin not minding the fact that the state capital is already saturated with state government-owned and Federal tertiary educational institutions to the detriment of the two other senatorial zones of the state!”
IPA President insisted that the concentration of these institutions and other amenities in Ilorin have led to the uneven development and huge rural-urban migration in the state.
He hinted that Igbomina land occupies a large portion of the State with no single public university, which could provide jobs and developments for the people.
“we believe that our Governor, His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, is a decent and fair-minded leader who will consider our request for justice and fairness in the establishment of this University. We believe he will listen to us and site this university in Igbomina land.” Atoyebi concluded