Ogun State House of Assembly has reassured state-owned tertiary Institutions of legislative support, particularly the State College of Health Technology (OSCOTECH), Ilese at ensuring qualified manpower with ability to practise in modern health facilities in the State and nation at large.
The Chairman House Committee on Education Science and Technology led by Hon. Victor Fasanya gave the assurance while assessing the 2017 budget performance of the Institution, explaining that adequate manpower development remains an essential tool for effective and sustainable health service delivery of any nation.
Fasanya accompanied by Hon. Oyenuga Olufowobi, Viwanu Ojo and Rasaq Oduntan equally applauded the revenue drive of the institution, especially for procuring modern equipment towards enhancing effective practical and teaching of courses in the institution.
The Chairman also tasked the management of the college to cross fertilise ideas with other Institutions particularly in the area of infrastructural development.
In his remarks, the Provost, OSCOTECH, Dr. Abiodun Oladunjoye assured that the courses offered by the institute were in line with the requirements of the regulatory and professional bodies in the health sector.
He noted that the school had generated over N287m surpassing its N250m revenue target allocated to school in the 2017 Appropriation Bill, adding that the Medical Laboratory Technician Programme had also been re-accredited by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
He added that part of the achievements recorded by the school were the construction of buildings for X-ray and medical imaging as well as Medical diagnostic/Medical test among others which had improved performance of the students at various professional examinations.
In another development, the Ogun State House of Assembly has challenged all newly constituted legislative council members, political office holders and career officers of the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) across the State, to put in place measures towards generating more revenue for development in their Council areas.
The Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Olusola Sonuga, who gave the charge while appraising the budget performance of Ofada – Mokoloki, Obafemi and Oba LCDAs, urged them to maximise their potentials in order to generate more revenue which would enhance the wellbeing of the people.
Sonuga, said the current administration’s commitment to revenue drive had led to the increase in the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from seven hundred million naira generated by the past government to seven billion naira achieved presently, adding that increase in revenue had brought about massive socio- economic development of the State.
He enjoined the Councils Legislative arms, political office holders as well as career officers to resolve any pending misunderstanding that may threaten their peaceful co-existence, saying that peaceful cohabitation had been the secret behind the successful running of the State House of Assembly.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman of Ofada-Mokoloki, Alhaja Kudirat Balogun, pointed out that Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration had brought equity and fairness in the creation of all the Local Council Development Areas across the entire State.
The Chairman, Obafemi LCDA , Mrs. Olabisi Collins, represented by her deputy, Hon. Olubode Bankole, expressed confidence in the newly inaugurated Legislative Councils of all the LCDAs, saying the on-going infrastructural development across the State would motivate them to deliver good governance at the grassroots.
Contributing, Chairman Oba LCDA, Hon. Abiola Asaluola, commended the Governor for his vision at bringing governance closer to the people through the creation of the LCDAs, explaining that it would engender participatory governance.
Other members who were present at the budget oversight visit included, Honourables, Akanbi Bankole, Ganiyu Oyedeji and Wasiu Sanusi.