Bishop Wale Oke, Gov. Makinde Unveil ZOE University

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President of The Sword of The Spirit, Ministries International, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, has called for more efforts to give the Out-of- School Youths who are due for tertiary education a right of place in the country.

Bishop Oke, explained that over two million youths were qualified for admission into tertiary institutions annually but the carriage capacity of all the universities in the country was less than one million, hence the need to take the reminants off the street.

Speaking at the official unveiling of a proposed private university, ZOE UNIVERSITY, Ìpàpó, Bishop Oke said the initiative would groom the younger generation and serve as escape routes to youths from being engaging in hooliganism, thuggery and organised crimes as well as discourage the japa syndrome in the country.

While noting that the nation needed young brains to revive it’s economy, the cleric lamented the poor state of infrastructure, bad governance, insecurity and economic hardship which had fuelled the mass exodus of Nigeria youths to oversea countries in search of green pastures.

 The rate at which our children are running out of the country is amazing and disturbing. It is happening everywhere, especially, amongst the youths.

Contributing, the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Salihu Adelabu, expressed the readiness of his government to partner individuals and organizations with good initiatives to improve the educational sector.

Governor Makinde who commended the citing of the Proposed Zoe University in Ìpàpó, in itẹsiwaju Local Government area of Oyo State noted that the oke ogun zone could now boast of the first private university, adding that the initiave would attract rapid development to the zone.

Establishing private university is like draining your pocket to develop the brains of the younger generation in the society because it is not profit making. The greatest legacy you can bequeath in the society, humanity, on our youths and children is nothing but sound and qualitative education . You don’t need any rocket science that somebody looking for money would now go and set up a university in Ìpàpó, we have places like Abuja, we have places like Lagos, but going back to Ìpàpó truly is a divine decision.

Promoter of the University, Dr. Bamidele Ayanlowo explained that the proposed ZOE UNIVERSITY which is at the verge of recieving operational licence from the National Universities Commission, NUC, seeks to groom the Nigerian youths through practical based skills to discourage unemployment and over reliance on certificates amongst university graduates so as to meet the expectations of the society.

We want the students not just to cram information on their heads, we want them to oracticalise what they’ve learnt, so we want our engineers to be able to repair generators, repair cars with confidence. The society expect that once you’re called Engineer, you can repair and handle many things, so we would expose our students to practical skills.

Dignatories present at the event, including the Ẹlẹ́yinpó of Ìpàpó, Ọba Yekeen Abioye, lauded the ingenuity of the proposed ZOE UNIVERSITY and pledge their supports to make it a reality.

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