The lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Babatunde Hunpe has collaborated with the Chairman of Badagry Local Government Area, Mr. Olusegun Onilude to start National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) study centre in Badagry.
This was contained in a press release issued by the Head of Media/Publicity to the lawmaker, Prince Sunday Oke after the visit of the institution’s officials to Badagry Local Government Area (BLG) on Thursday 17th December 2020.
Reports revealed that the coming of the University officials to Badagry was facilitated by Hunpe through the assistance of Prof. Peter Okebukola, the Pro-Chancellor of the institution, to find a suitable site for establishment of their study centre.
According to the Chairman of BLG, Mr. Olusegun Onilude, “this is for development of our community. We are here today because we got an opportunity, our own Member of House of Representatives (MHR) Hunpe has planned to bring a seat of knowledge to Badagry.
“When Hunpe called me as regards to this development, I was so delighted that is why we are collaborating to bring seat of knowledge to Badagry together.”
“This seat of knowledge will afford anybody from anywhere to access knowledge he or she wants without bothering to going through four walls of University. NOUN affords anybody opportunity provided you have the basic requirements to further your education”. He added.
“Also speaking, Hon Setonji Balogun, the Chief of Staff to Hunpe, who represented the lawmaker said he had always wished the best for his constituent members. Balogun said that the lawmaker was happy that the officials of NOUN accepted the offer of locating the centre in Badagry,” the statement reads.
Reports revealed that the Registrar, NOUN, Mr. Felix Edoka stated that they were in Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo state while the Pro-Chacellor called them to go to Badagry, adding that Hunpe had earlier spoken to the Pro-Chancellor as regards having a study center in Badagry.
“Before now, Badagry had been in the forefront of our plans to establish a study centre but how to get it is our problem. This is an opportunity the community will not want to miss.
“Our coming here today is the initiative of Okebukola and the efforts of your Federal Lawmaker to see that the University establishes its study centre in Badagry. He said
The Director, Learner Support Service, NOUN, Prof. Gregory Okagbare, noted that there are criterias which the community must meet in terms of provision of infrastructures, which include buildings for proper take off of the centre and some other basic things.
“He said that the community would provide 80 per cent of what the centre would need while the institution would provide 20 per cent.
“Okagbare assured them that the centre would provide employment opportunity for the residents who were qualified when they finally start the programme,” the statement added.
The Aholu of Ajara-Topa kingdom, while thanking the officials for coming to Badagry, stated that they had accepted the offer and prayed that God would give them the strength to meet up with the requirements.
Reports say that the officials were shown two different buildings for the take off of the centre and upon acceptance, they urged Onilude to write an official acceptance letter to the University.