Oyo Tertiary Education Commission Bill: JAC Layouts Reservations, Calls For Reassessment Of Structure, Functions

… Seeks Audience With Makinde

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of all unions in the tertiary education sector in Oyo state has outlined its reservations on the draft of the Oyo State Tertiary Education Commission Bill before the House of Assembly.

The union which represents trade unions in tertiary institutions in the state said certain provisions in the bill may inadvertently impede the growth, development and efficient functioning of institutions.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, the Chairman of the Union, Comrade Olusegun Oyewumi outlined Erosion of Autonomy, Resource Misallocation, Redundancy of Directorates, Resistance to External Influence and others as their reservations.

Oyewumi suggested a model similar to the Ministry of Tertiary Education in Lagos State for effective oversight adding that establishing a commission in its current form could lead to confusion, create anarchy and diminish the quality of tertiary education in Oyo state.

He urged Governor Seyi Makinde to reconsider this bill and withhold its passage to ensure a more thorough review by key stakeholders to align with best practices and avoid potential harm to institutions.

While commending the Governor for recent upgrade of the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo to the prestigious status of the University of Education and the recent release of financial support to the tertiary institutions, the union sought audience of Governor Seyi Makinde as soon as possible to discuss serious festering issues of concern in the education sector in the state.

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