The governor spoke as two serving senators – Oluremi Tinubu and Sola Adeyeye – and legal luminary, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), were conferred with the Fellowship of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, at the institution’s 21st convocation in Ikere-Ekiti on Thursday.
Fayemi recalled that the three universities in the state were merged into one at the inception of his administration, on the recommendations of the Education Summit held in 2011.
He said despite the economic challenges in the state, government had always released subventions promptly and implemented various welfare packages, including the new salary structure for tertiary institutions in the state.
This gesture, he said, was aimed at making the state’s tertiary institutions “centres of excellence, with high standard of teaching and a culture of sustained learning.”
Olanipekun commended the Fayemi-led administration for restoring the glory of the college, adding that he too would also contribute to the development of the institution.
He noted that the college was practically non-existent during the previous administration as the assets and liability of the school were transferred to the then University of Education, Ikere, and University of Science and Technology, Ifaki Ekiti.
The legal luminary supported the state government on the merger of the three universities, saying it was clear that the state government could not successfully fund the three institutions because of the meagre resources that accrue to it.
Tinubu commended the state government for the support given the school.
At the event were the wife of the governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Prof. Dipo Aina; Executive Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Chief Abba Folawiyo, among others.