The Oyo State Government says it has approved the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Energy Innovation at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
Governor Seyi Makinde also announced in Iseyin that preliminary work had begun on the planned Iseyin-Ogbomoso Road construction.
The centre, which is a product of a Memorandum of Understanding between the state government and Soprano Plc., a Finnish company, will award diploma certificates and vacationing qualifications in energy generation and capacity building in solid minerals development after training.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the State Executive Council approved the establishment of the centre at LAUTECH at its February 2 meeting.
It stated that the centre would benefit from funding from the Public Sector Investment Facility of the government of Finland as well as other sources of funding.
The statement read, “The ministries of Education, Science and Technology; Energy and Mineral Resources; Justice; Budget and Economic Planning as well as Finance have been mandated to actualise the establishment of the Centre of Excellence, which will benefit from the MoU already signed by the government of Oyo State and Soprano Plc. of Finland.”
The Centre would engage in incubating energy innovation by utilising local and natural resources; training in efficient use of energy and production of middle-level manpower in energy innovation and utilisation.
Others are production of energy equipment for use and sales; boosting of the economy of the state; job provision and capacity building for installation of equipment and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the governor has said that survey work on the Iseyin-Ogbomoso Road has already begun, adding that the new road designed to connect the towns would boost the economic expansion drive of his administration.
The governor while addressing the people of Iseyin during the 8th day Fidau of the mother of the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Omokunmi Mustapha, said his administration would ensure the completion of the road before the end of his tenure.
The governor eulogised the late mother of the PDP Chairman in the state, Alhaja Nimotallah Olayiwola, stating that she lived an enviable life.
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