As part of his Administration’s commitment to providing effective representation to FILSUITES globally, FILSU Global President, Comrade Adepoju Saheed (As-Saheed) and his team were at the Senate Building in Abuja to participate in the public hearing of the Bill, titled “A Bill For The Establishment Of The Institute of Information And Communication Technology, Iwo, Osun State (Sb-486)” sponsored by Senator Adelere Oriolowo, who is representing Osun West Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
The public hearing, which began around 14:00 hour of the day, witnessed the presence of many distinguished personalities who largely canvassed diverse considerations towards facilitating the establishment of the specialized Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Nigeria to be hosted in Iwo, Osun State.
As part of the stages for the consideration and passage of legislative bills, the public hearing offered a great avenue for experts and stakeholders, including FILSU, to argue strongly in favour of the Bill.
While speaking on the appropriateness of the Institute and its preferred location, Comrade Saheed analyzed that Reality Radiovision Services, which is now almost moribund, is an edifice worth over ₦4 billion as at the time of its construction and take off between 1983-1997. It is a huge investment by the defunct Oyo State Governor, Late Chief Bola Ige which has not been effectively utilized to date.
Continuing his argument, the FILSU’S Global President spoken that the proposed Institute, when established, will be a critical centre of manpower production and job creation for Nigerians, particularly the youths, to compete in the continuously intricate cyber world, thus solidifying the country’s digital economic drive.
The President further stated that the proposed location is large enough with no adverse claim by anybody which could hinder the immediate take-off of the Institute if the bill is passed into law. In short, the location is ready-made and an added advantage.
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi was equally present and spoke eloquently and persuasively on the factors for which Iwo is the best place to host the proposed specialized institution.
Other representatives from Iwo whose presentations were well noted included Alh. Liad Tella, Hon. Usamot Halil Dodo, Comr. Jubril Oseni and stakeholders from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Governments.
On behalf of the Union, the President commends Senator Oriolowo for flying the banner Osun West to the admiration of his constituents. As no reasonable people could ignore your all-encompassing representation, we proudly identify with you and wish you more feats and successes in protecting our mandate.
Comr. Buliaminu Gafar (BEE1) and Comr. Babalola Ademola Stephen (Union’s Press Chairman) were in the team of the President at the public hearing.