Okebukola, Ogunbodede to teach in Oyinlola’s college of health

A former executive-secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Prof Peter Okebukola, and a former Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, have promised to be adjunct lecturers at the Alolade College of Health Sciences and Information Technology built by the former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola in honour of his late mother.

Speaking at a press conference to unveil the college at his hometown, Okuku in Odo-Otin local government, Okebukola and Ogunmodede who are members of the implementation committee of the college, said the decision to lecture in the college was to make it a practically oriented institution.

Okebukola who chaired the implementation committee of the college, called for re-orientation of the education system, and also promised to invite topnotch professionals and scholars to teach in the new college.

Ogunbodede said that education system needs re-orientation, noting that people are not remunerated because of their productivity, hence the relegation of polytechnic and colleges of education.

In his address, the proprietor of the college, Oyinlola said he does not need to be given a national award before he contribute to the development of education, noting that he ruled Lagos state at a turbulence time without firing a gun and also put an end to 100 years war between Ife and Modakeke with construction of six campuses of Osun State University.

Oyinlola disclosed that he started the building of the college in 2007 because of his love for education, saying that the health sector has the greatest deficiency in the country.

He expressed sadness over the state of Technical College in Osogbo, as he recalled how he paid for state-of-the-art equipment for the eleven colleges when he was governor of the state.

He said, “our intention was to train students that will graduate and will not be looking for greener pasture. Unfortunately, the equipment we bought for the 11 technical colleges are still lock up till today.”

Oyinlola, however, assured that Alolade Oyinlola College of Health Sciences and Information Technology will operate with the highest standard, saying “through the college, students are presented with various opportunities to gain new knowledge and be equipped with skills needed to build their future.”

He disclosed that diploma programmes in Environmental Health Technology, Health Information Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician and Community Extension Workers are ready with three years course, while three years for certificate courses in Health Care Technician and two years in Junior Community Health Extension Workers (JCHEW) and Health Care Assistant are ready.