Monarchs, community leaders and stakeholders from the Okeogun region of Oyo State graced the public hearing for the creation of the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Okeogun.
Apart from monarchs who came in large numbers, chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande; three term resident electoral commissioner and senior advocate, Ahmed Raji as well as leaders of indigenous associations and the All Progressives Congress, APC, were represented.
It had been reported that the bill for the creation of the institution had reached the public hearing stage.
The bill for the creation of the institution was sponsored by Senator Fatai Buhari of Oyo North senatorial district.
Justifying the need for the establishment of University of Agriculture and Technology in Oke Ogun zone of Oyo State,  President of Oke Ogun Development Consultative Forum, Dr. Segun Ajuwon pointed out that the zone has not only been abandoned but neglected totally and so existence of such a university will no doubt help to better the livings of people in the area.
He hinted that the people of Oke Ogun comprising the traditional fathers, religious leaders, professionals and generality of the people of 10 local government areas have decided to speak with one voice that the institution’s establishment bill should be passed into law by the 9th senate as soon as possible
He pointed out that the towns and villages in Oke Ogun are ready to donate reasonable hectares of land without necessarily expecting any compensation for the land owners.
He admonished the National Assembly and the Federal Executive Council to see to the establishment of the university in Oke Ogun so that employment opportunities, improved agricultural productivity and social-economic development can be brought closer to people of the zone.
In his presentation, Alhaji Ahmed Raji, SAN quarried the existence of 10 local governments without a higher institution while he added that the entire people of Oke Ogun are ready to give the Federal government the necessary supports.
He declared that the location of the institution could be any of the towns and local governments while Alhaji Raji added that the zone is the most appropriate zone for the institution.
He appealed to the Federal government to help the people of Oke Ogun by ensuring that the institution comes to reality.
Raji charged the National Assembly to complement efforts of Senator Buhari whom he described as a pride of Oyo North whom the whole people of the district pleased with.
He commended Buhari for the initiative, praying that he shall succeed on the task.
In his reaction, the Chairman of the Senate committee on Education, said: “For any bill to proceed to public hearing stage, it is as good as the deed has been done.”
Speaking on the bill, the committee assured the people of the region that it will support the bill and ensure that it is passed into law.