As Six Federal Lawmakers out of 12 from Osun State justle for the Establishment of Federal College of Education in their various District and Federal Constituencies in Osun State, which Federal Constituency deserve the presence of College in Osun State? This question require reasonable response from every concerned conscience guided citizens of Osun State.
Firstly, I must congratulate all the good people of Osun State for voting for competent people to represent each Senatorial District and Federal Constituency at the Red and Green Chamber of the National Assembly.
Without any trait of criticism, all the 9th Assembly parliamentarians from Osun State are progressively discharging their legislative assignment by defending and fighting for their people in their respective District and Constituencies. In fact, the agitation and struggle for the Establishment of Federal College of Education in Osun State is a display that all the legislators from Osun State in the National Assembly are elected to struggle and fight for their people.
Truly, Osun State has no Federal College of Education, be it Special, Conventional or Technical. Presently, there 21 existing Federal College of Education in Nigeria and one Nigeria Army School of Education in Ilorin. Out of the 21 FCE, seven (7) are Technical, 13 are Conventional while one is Special.
As we all know, the only Federal College of Education (Special) which is located at Oyo town in Oyo State is established to educate and train people of Special Needs, the Seven (7) Federal College of Education (Technical) are mainly for technical courses until such College bid for accreditation of of other Science, Social and Management Courses while the 13 Conventional Federal Colleges of Education are established to provide full-time courses of teaching, instruction and training in technology (Technical), Applied Science, Art, Social Science, Humanities and Management. Note that the C
onventional Colleges of Education carried the responsibilities of the Colleges of Education (Technical).
Osun State is among the 16 States that are agitating for the establishment of Federal College of Education in Nigeria. Some are mainly looking for the Conventional FCE while others are yearning for FCE (Technical).
Presently, six (6) out of twelve (12) legislators in the National Assembly from Osun State sponsor A Bill for the Establishment of Federal College of Education in Osun State with different locations in their various District and Federal Constituencies.
The six National Parliamentarians are, Hon. Olalekan Afolabi, representing the people of Boripe/Ifelodun/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency, Hon. Taiwo Oluga representing the people of Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency, Hon. Amobi Yinusa Akintola representing the people of Ayedire/Iwo/Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency, Hon. Olufemi Fakeye representing the people of Boluwaduro/Ifelodun/Ila Federal Constituency, Sen. Fadahusi representing the people of Osun East Senatorial District and Sen. Adelere Oriolowo representing the people of Osun West Senatorial District with an insinuation that the Senator representing Osun Central, Sen. Ajibola Tajudeen will also present his Bill on the Establishment of FCE very soon or supporting Hon. Fakeye’s Bill.
Before I started analyzing the sponsored Bills by each of the legislators, I will not hesitate to make it clear that only 5-6 parliamentarians from Osun State refuse to sponsor such Bill as I think they are guided by their conscience that their District and Constituencies are already a beneficiary of either a Federal or State tertiary institutions. The 5-6 legislators includes Hon. Taofeek Ajilesoro representing Ife Central/Ife North/Ife East; Hon. Oluwole Oke representing Obokun/Oriade; Hon. Lawrence Ayeni representing Atakunmosa East/Atakunmosa West/Ilesa East/Ilesa West; Hon. Bamidele Salam representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo and Hon. Bukola Oyewo representing Irepodun/Osogbo/Orolu Federal Constituency.
- Sen. Fadahunsi of PDP representing Osun East Senatorial District sponsor the Bill to Establish Federal College of Education in Osun State and he chooses ”Obokun” as the propose location of the College and the Bill has pass through First Reading in the Red Chamber. Fadahunsi hailed from Ife Federal Constituency where enough Federal and State tertiary institutions exist, he chooses ”Obokun” in Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency as the propose locations of the College to compliment the Bill sponsored in the 8th Assembly by Hon. Oluwole Oke in March 2019 which pass through second reading before the 8th Assembly end in June, 2019.
”Obokun”, the propose location of the Bill sponsored by of Sen. Fadahunsi, falls in Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency. The Constituency comprises of two Local Government Areas, Obokun and Oriade LGAs. Both LGAs has an existing State Tertiary Institutions which are Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke in Obokun LGA with the population of 116,850 people (2006 Census) and Osun State University College of Education, Ipetu-Ijesa in Oriade LGA with the population of 148,379 people (2006 Census).
- Hon. Olufemi Fakeye of APC who has been in the Green Chamber since the 7th Assembly (2011-2015), 8th Assembly (2015-2019) Also sponsor the Bill for the Establishment of Federal College of Education in the 9th Assembly (2019-2023).
Hon. Fakeye Bill pass through Second Reading and ”Ila-Orangun” was his choice of location for the proposed College. Ila-Orangun is the Central LGA of Boluwaduro/Ifedayo/Ila Federal Constituency, Ila-Orangun has an existing Federal Police College and a Degree Awarding State College of Education.
Presently, the people of Boluwaduro and Ifedayo LGAs are already grumbling, challenging Hon. Fakeye for chosen Ila-Orangun as the propose location for the Federal College of Education where there is already existing Tertiary Institutions.
Osun Parrot gathered that the Bill sponsored by Hon. Fakeye has the full backing of the former governor of Osun State and the first interim National Party Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebisi Akande who is a native of Ila-Orangun, the propose location of the College. Although, many people in Osun State believe that Chief Bisi Akande who is highly respected in Nigeria, a reputable leader who believe in equity and justice will never lobby to drag down the propose College to his community with already existing Police College and Osun State College of Education.
Osun Parrot also confirm that Sen. Ajibola Bashir in the Red Chamber is strictly in support of the Bill sponsored by Hon. Fakeye in the Green Chamber.
- Hon. Taiwo Oluga of the APC, a first term legislator representing the people of Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency also sponsor the Bill for An Act to Establish Federal College of Education in Osun State. ”Gbongan” was her choice of location for the proposed College. ”Gbongan” is the home town of Hon. Oluga, the headquarters of Ayedaade LGA.
Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency comprises of 3LGAs with two (2) State owned Tertiary Institutions which are: Osun State Cooperative College in OdeOmu, Ayedaade LGA with the population of 149,569 people (2006 Census) and Osun State University College of Humanities and Culture in Ikire, Irewole LGA with the population of 142,806 people (2006 Census).
Hon. Oluga Bill pass through Second Reading as she lead the debate on the floor of the House by justifying her choice of location that Gbongan, the propose location of the College has no single Federal presence, she logically silent about the 2 State Tertiary Institutions in her Constituency. Oluga, applauded her predecessor, Hon. Omidiran who sponsor same Bill in the 8th Assembly but the Bill fail to go beyond 1st reading before the expiration of her tenure.
- Hon. Amobi of APC, also a first term parliamentarian, representing the people of Ayedire/Iwo/Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency sponsor same Bill like his colleagues, A Bill for An Act to Establish Federal College of Education in Iwo, Osun State. Iwo Federal Constituency has been an agitator for Federal and State Educational Institutions since the creation of the state but no parliamentarian in the history of the Constituency ever took bold step in either the State Parliament, Green or Red Chambers to request for their needs, Osun Parrot News source gathered.
Hon. Amobi is from Kuta in Ayedire LGA but ”Iwo” was his choice of location for the proposed location of the College, his Bill scale through First Reading on the 29th October, 2919 and it was gazetted in the National Assembly Journal on the 30th of October, 2019. Precisely on the 14th of November, 2019, Hon. Amobi Yinusa Akintola lead the debate on the floor of the House.
In his Lead Debate, Hon. Amobi pointed out that the establishment of the Institution would address the inadequacy in admission process in Osun State. He also justify his argument for choosing ”Iwo” as the propose location by pointing out all the Federal presence in term of Tertiary Institutions that are located in the three Senatorial District in Osun State.
His statement reads: ”Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, in Osun State, we have a Federal Government owned University (Obafemi Awolowo University) situated at Ile-Ife in Osun East Senatorial District. We have Police College situated at Ila-Orangun in Osun Central Senatorial District. We have a Federal Polytechnic situated at Ede in Osun West Senatorial District but we do not have a Federal College of Education in our dear state’’.
”Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, we all know that most of the states in this country have the presence of these Four important Federal presence’’.
”The University which concentrate among other things offering courses on academic and theoretical subjects and training of students in policy formulation; the Police College which concentrate among other things on planning, training and retraining of officers and men of the Force; the Polytechnic which concentrate among other things focus solely on applied skills, training of technologists, technicians and management skills and the College of Education which concentrate on nurturing teachers that will drive the development of knowledge in the society”.
”Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, for equity and justice, Osun State deserve to have the presence of a Federal College of Education like other state, which should be sited at Iwo in Osun State”.
Hon. Amobi further argue it out that only ”Iwo Federal Constituency” that had been shortchanged as regard higher institution in Osun State.
”Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, Osun State comprise of nine (9) Federal Constituencies, three(3) in each of the Senatorial District but eight(8) out of the nine Federal Constituencies have the presence of higher institutions which was either established by the Federal Government or by the state government”. ”It is only Iwo Federal Constituency that had been shortchanged as regard higher institution in the State, he added”.
”Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, Iwo which as the proposed location of the College is an ancient City, an hospitable and an all-inclusive kingdom, the Headquarters of Osun West Senatorial District and the Central Local Government Area of Ayedire/Iwo/Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency with a huge population of 191,348 people and the most populous Local Government Area in Osun State by 2006 Population Census”.
”Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, my analysis prove that Iwo Federal Constituency have been marginalized among all other Federal Constituencies in Osun State in term of Development”.
Hon. Amobi conclude his lead debate by urging his colleagues to support the Bill for second reading. The bill was voted on, adopted and pass to the House Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Services.
- Hon. Olalekan Afolabi of APC, also a First Term legislator at the National Level but a Two Term State parliamentarian who is the only Ex-State Assembly member from Osun State that is fortunate to get the ticket for National Legislation in the 9th Assembly. Hon. Afolabi representing the people of Boripe/Ifelodun/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency also sponsor the Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education (Technical) in Osun State. His preferred location in ”Ikirun”, Ifelodun LGA Osun State.
Boripe/Ifelodun/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency comprises of 3LGAs and 2 out of which are blessed with functioning State Tertiary Institutions. Osun State Polytechnic, Ire in Boripe LGA with the population of 138,742 people (2006 Census) and Osun State University College of Management and Social Science, Okuku in Odo-Otin LGA with the population of 132,078 people (2006 Census).
In any Tertiary Institution in Nigeria, it is well known that the College of Management and Social Sciences are always the most populous Colleges, hence, the Ex-Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola sited the College in his home town, Okuku to increase the population of his community vis-a-vis the LGA and boost the economy of the Federal Constituency at large. Hon. Afolabi Bill pass through First Reading in November, 2019.
- Sen. Adelere Oriolowo of APC, a First Term Senator, representing Osun West Senatorial District also sponsor the Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education in Osun State. He picked ”Iwo”, same location with Hon. Amobi. Sen. Oriolowo Bill passes through First Reading on the floor of the Red Chamber on the 14th November, 2019.
Oriolowo is an indigene of Iwo in Ayedire/Iwo/Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency, the only Federal Constituency without Federal or State Tertiary Institution in Osun State, according to reports gathered.
Osun Parrot News gathered few critics from Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency assemble against Sen. Oriolowo , challenging him on his choice of location for the proposed College of Education in Osun State, claiming that he should have supported Hon. Oluga choice of location ”Gbongan” as a district representative. But the people of Iwo Federal Constituency also rise against the critics, claiming that Iwo Federal Constituency is without a single Federal or State Tertiary Institution like Irewole Federal Constituency. They also added that Sen. Olasunkanmi has done so much for Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency during his reign as a Senator representing Osun West, Late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke and Sen. Ademola Adeleke has done very well for Ede Federal Constituency and Sen. Oriolowo must also stand and support the progress and development of Iwo Federal Constituency.
Contrary to the believe of many people in Osun State that the struggle for the Establishment of Federal College of Education in Osun State will be a bone of contention among the 12 NASS members from Osun State, the parliamentarians remain united, they work in concord as they all believe that individual are acting in accordance to mandate given to them from their various District and Federal Constituencies.
From this analysis readers can make submission on the Federal Constituency that deserve the propose Federal College of Education in Osun State.
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