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Osun Names Mechatronic Institute After Bola Ige

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 at 12:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti,


Osun State Government has named the Mechatronics Institute, located within the campus of Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, after the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Late Chief Bola Ige.

The institute would serve as a training ground on modern day automobile repairs. Consequently, the potential beneficiaries are automobile technicians who needed further training in new techniques of motor vehicle repairs.

The institute has the latest state-of-the-art equipment and tools to provide training to auto technicians all over the country.

The project will gulp over N1billion midwived by Osun State Investment Company Limited in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council while Bank of Industry (BOI) will serve as fund manager.

While performing the commissioning of the project, Governor Rauf Aregbesola named the institute after the former Minister alleging that the suspected killers of Bola Ige are the same set of people who have tried effortlessly to destabilise the state.

He noted that the Bola Ige Mechatronic Institute is a dream come true with the equipment alone costing N875 million and a befitting legacy in honour of the slain Chief James Ajibola Bola Ige, who he described as a leader, national icon and a citizen of the world.

The governor emphasised that the institute is the first of its kind in Africa, adding that the state’s vision for the institute began with the need to empower youths and equip artisans with the requisite skills to be relevant in an increasingly digital world.

Aregbesola stressed that the newly commissioned institute will be training on-the-street mechanics from garages and candidates from automobile companies, noting that the institute will also admit holders of Ordinary National Diploma and Technical College graduates for skills acquisition and Industrial Training.

The governor added that the institute plans to offer through National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Universities Commission (NUC) approval for upgrade of the polytechnic syllabus, a degree course on Auto Mechatronics, using the facilities in future.

Speaking earlier, Former Special Adviser to Governor Aregbesola on Federal Matters, Ms. Idiat Babalola stressed that the diagnostic centre is designed to create employment for the youths and generate revenue internally for the state.

Babalola stated that Osun received the biggest support on the project from the National Automotive Design and Development Council, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry which got the Bank of Industry to finance it through First Bank of Nigeria.

The guest lecturer, Mr. Ola Abraham in his lecture said the establishment of the centre was a re-enactment of wonders and miracles of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo era.

The Don said the mechatronic is one of its kinds on the black continent, saying it will in not too distant future become a force to be reckoned with.

He noted that a graduate of the institute will be equivalent to graduates of eight different discipline because Mechatronic is multi-disciplinary study.