The Governor of Ogun State and Visitor to the Premier and the Preferred University of Education, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Prince Dapo Abiodun MFN, has called on members of the new Governing Council of the University to take the institution from not just being the first University of Education in Nigeria but to also make it a reference point in teachers education globally.

He made this statement recently at the inauguration ceremony of Governing Councils for all the higher institutions of learning in the State.

“How do we make the Tai Solarin University of Education not just the first University of Education in Nigeria, but the best University of Education in Nigeria, and one of the topmost University of Education in the World”, he noted.

Prince Abiodun stated that the members chosen for the Governing Councils represented some of the best brains available in Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole.

Governor Dapo Abiodun noted that with the inauguration of the Councils of the various tertiary institutions, his government is celebrating the proud legacy of education bequeathed to the state by its

early touch-bearers in the sector.

He went down memory lane by recalling the giant strides of people like the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Professors Adeoye Lambo, Anthony Asiwaju, Akin Mabogunje, and Theophilus Ogunlesi amongst others.

“We are worthy inheritors of an entrenched legacy in education. And to our people, education remains the biggest industry”, he noted.

He called on the various council members to bring their vast experiences and social networks to drive the development of these various institutions through robust Public-Private Partnerships. While calling on members to give quality advice to the government and to entrench an improved culture of efficiency and effectiveness, making the higher institutions compete favourably with the global education industry.

The Visitor also thanked the initiatives of people such as His Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona CFR, the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland and other worthy sons and daughters of the state and Chief Sulaiman Adebola Adegunwa for partnering with the Ogun State Government with his support for TASUED.

The Governor also made a passionate appeal for the resolution of the lingering face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Unions of Universities (ASUU) to please resolve the lingering strike in the interest of our youths and our nation in general.

Responding on behalf of the Governing Councils, the Pro-Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Prof. Toyin Ashiru pledged their resolve to contribute their quota to the development of tertiary education in the state.

In his response during a short meeting between the Principal Officers and some members of the TASUED Governing Council the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Prof. Rahmon Adisa Bello sought the cooperation of all stakeholders in moving TASUED to the pinnacle of Teacher Education globally.

Members of the new Governing Council are, Prof. Raheem Adisa Bello, Pro-Chancellor & Chairman

Prof. Oluwole Banjo, Vice Chancellor

Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) Member

Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Member

Prof. Adewale Roland Solarin Member

Senator Gbolahan Dada Member

Mr. Demola Adesanya Member

Prof. Folashade Suliman Member

Prof. Rotimi Ettu Member

Prof. Adebayo Akinsanya Member

Dr. Babatunde Osiyale Member

Prof. A. O. Oyenuga Member

Mr.A.A. Oyekanmi (Alumni Representative) Member

Representative, Ministry of Education Science and Technology Member

Representative, Ministry of Finance Member

Mr Dapo Oke Ag. Registrar, Secretary to Council

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