The outgoing Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has denied ownership of The First Technical University, also known as Tech-U, contrary to rumours.
According to the governor, who made the denial when the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi led traditional rulers in the state to pay him a visit, the university belongs to the state.
Ajimobi said: “Let me use this opportunity to dispel the rumour going round that I am the owner of The First Technical University, Ibadan. People are expected to talk, especially when they lack proper information, but if we fail to dispel the rumour, it may stick and become the truth.
“I want to say without any equivocation that I do not own The First Technical University, Ibadan. It belongs to the Oyo State Government wholly. It is easy for people to come up with such a rumour because of the successful establishment of the university.
“It is the first of its kind in Nigeria, and we are happy that we succeeded in achieving this in our time. Nobody believed we could achieve it, especially during a period the country was grappling with economic challenges.
“Oyo State has no financial input into the establishment of the university till date. All what you see there were done by lovers of the state, indigenes living abroad, international institutions and the CBN.”
The governor however called on other individuals and corporate bodies to also support the university through the construction of hostels, halls, classrooms, a theatre and a sports complex.