Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed that the newly rebuilt state College of Agriculture in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South West Council, will open for academic activities in September 2023 with about 2, 000 students. Obaseki stated this during an interactive session with the school community and other stakeholders.
The governor thanked the host community for ensuring a peaceful and conducive environment for contractors to do their job without distraction.
Obaseki said: “We have the administrative block, library, about three lecture theatres, one big auditorium with seating capacity of 1,000 students, and primary healthcare centre to attend to the school and community members.
We also have hostels but they can’t take all the 2,000 students. The community is encouraged to build houses as students will live off campus.” He assured that the road leading to the school will be expanded, adding, “we are investing more in facilities, technology, broadband Internet connection, fibres, and uninterrupted electricity, among others.”
Obaseki noted that his administration is putting more emphasis on the quality of governance in schools to enable it produce quality graduates who will be assets to the society.
He assured that a quota would be reserved for members of the host community qualified to be employed as academic and non-academic staff in the institution.
“The contractor has given us the assurance that in the next two months, a lot of infrastructural work will be closing up as it requires finishing touches to the building and landscaping. For us, a school like this is beyond buildings, but quality of learning, and the faculty being put in place, and more importantly, the quality of governance.”
In his response, the Iyase of Udo, Patrick Ekhoeutomwen, expressed appreciation to the governor for his developmental strides in the council with the rebuilding of the college in Iguoriakhi as it will open doors for economic development and growth in the area.
Speaking on behalf of the market women, President, Ovia South West Market Women Association, Mrs. Elizabeth Osabuohien, thanked the governor for rebuilding the school into a world-class institution, noting that the school has opened business opportunities for market women.