Wednesday 23 October 2019

Owoeye Leads Contributions of OSHA Legislators to the Enabling Bill for the Establishment of OSCOHTEC, Ilesa

The Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye has led the members of the 7th Assembly to express their views on the Enabling Bill for the Establishment of the State of Osun College of Health Technology before the bill had its second reading on the floor of the House.

This was at the plenary of the House held on Tuesday 22nd October, 2019.

 In his contribution, the Majority Leader, Hon. Ajibola Maruf Olanrewaju gave a concise review on the importance of the Bill and its feasible benefits to the good people of Osun.

He appreciated the Speaker for his reception and advocacy for the enabling bill. He continued by saying that the importance of the bill as well as its benefits can not be overemphasized because it would boost the collegial status of the institution and also enhance the quality of health workers in the State.

The Majority leader added that health technology colleges such as the one in Iresa in Ogun State and Eleyele in Oyo State have a superior status to the one in the State of Osun.

Among the benefits of the passage of the Bill, he said “the graduates of the college will be able to participate in the Nation’s Youth Service program and it will also lead to efficiency in service delivery”.

Hon. Festus Babatunde Komolafe representing Atakumosa East, Hon. Wale Adedoyin representing Ilesa West and Hon. Lekan Olatunji representing Ife North also corroborated the positions of earlier contributor.

The Speaker elaborated that the school established since 1977 needs to be strengthened and empowered so that it can be upgraded as he highlighted that when the bill becomes law it will enable the College to have its own governing council.

The enabling bill for its establishment was thus read for a second time by the clerk of the House after a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Maruf Olanrewaju and seconded by the member representing Ife East State constituency.

Recall that the Students of the Department of Environmental Health and Dental Therapy, Osun State College of Health Technology, Ilesha, shut down academic activities in the institution about three weeks ago while protesting the non-accreditation of some courses for the institution.

The students locked the school gate and stopped movement in and out to express their displeasure at the management for not seeking accreditation for three courses.

The students in their demand, asked for, “The Immediate accreditation of Dental Therapy course, which was introduced by the college in 2015 as a four-year programme.

“Immediate accreditation of Environmental Health Technology, a course which was planned to be National Diploma and Higher National Diploma.

“Immediate accreditation and implementation of National Examination to Health Technicians Students.”

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye has since had series of mediating meetings with the students body and the school management.t that included the Provost, Dr F.M Olaoye, Deputy Provost, T.O Ola and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.

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