President Muhammadu Buhari and key officials of the Federal Government have received kudos for locating a Federal College of Education in Iwo by the town’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress.
The party members in Iwo Federal Constituency on Thursday held a commendation programme at the Iwo Local Government secreatariat to express appreciation to Buhari, the federal government and other officials who had played key roles in the approval of the school for the state and its location in Iwo.
Speaking on behalf of the people of the Iwo federal constituency, the Asiwaju of Iwoland, Chief Gbadegesin Adedeji,
described the establishement of the college in Iwo as the Federal Government’s share of the dividends of democracy to people of the town and its environs.
He commended Buhari and others stakeholders whose decision led to the approval and location of the institution in Iwo.
He thanked Buhari’s vice, Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, Bappa-Aliyu Muhammed, and many other notable Nigerians for considering Iwo as the host community for the college.
Adedeji said: “I am highly delighted to address you this today in respect of the laudable and heart-cheering decision of the All Progressives Congress constituted government and of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to site one of the six newly approved federal colleges of education in Iwo, Osun State.
“Against this background, the selection of Iwo as the location of the new federal college of education is therefore not a misplaced priority. To the good people of the ancient city of Iwoland, this dividend of democracy was long awaited, having patiently endured various negative and unfavourable political scheming from government policies.
“To all the good people of Iwoland, we congratulate and commend you all. Each and everybody is a winner and hero for this landmark achievement. A roll of honour can not be too large to accommodate all Iwo sons and daughters of Iwoland at home and abroad, young and old, for unprecedented unity of purpose in pursuit of a worthy cause for our community.”
The Adedeji gave an assurance that the Iwo community was ready to host the college and protect its property.
The APC chairman in Oaun State, Prince Gboyega Famodun, expressed delight that the establishement of the six colleges of education in the nation’s six geo-political zones in which he noted that Iwo had benefited in securing the one zoned to the South West, said it was a portrayal of the APC’s progressive philosophy.
He said the APC has carved a niche for itself as a party with a penchant to guarantee people-oriented governance and also ensure fairness and equity in offering dividends of democracy to the people.
Congratulating the APC at the federal constituency on having the institution in Iwo, Famodun described the federal presence in the ancient town during his tenure as chairman of the party in the state, the tenure of Gboyega Oyetola as governor in the state and the reign of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, as historic.
The APC boss also attributed the achievement to the cohesion, peace and unity which, he noted had been the hallmark of a credible leadership in the party.
In attendance at the event were chieftains of the APC in Iwo federal constituency including former lawmaker, representing the federal constituency, Hon. Gafar Amere, Hon. Debo Badru and Hon. Ajibola Akinloye among others.