The Speaker of the Ogun state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Suraaj Adekunbi has thrown his weight behind the bill seeking to turn Moshood Abiola Polytechnic into a degree-awarding institution.
Adekunbi said this while delivering his speech at Opening ceremony of the second edition of the International Conference organised by the School of Environmental Studies tagged “Sustainability of Land, shelter, urban development and management in developing countries.”
It would be recalled that Governor Ibikunle Amosun had presented a bill to the State Assembly on December 29, 2016, requesting to turn the institution into a degree-awarding one.
The speaker said, “for the bill, by the grace of God when we resume we would give that an accelerated passage and before the end of the month we would present the clean copy to his excellency for his assent.
“I as well want to appreciate all of you and also to enjoin you to make the best use of this opportunity because conferences like this come once in a while.”
While giving his keynote address, Prof. Julius Olujimi, the Dean, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, commended the institution for putting up the programme.
Olujimi said that sustainable urban management and development was a global issue and an inevitable phenomenon in developing countries of the world.
The dean said that problems associated with land, shelter, urban management and development constituted socio-economic, cultural and environmental challenges to the attainment of sustainable development and effective urban governance.
“It is essential for government at all spheres to ensure easy accessibility to land for all and sundry.
“Land laws need to be flexible, agricultural friendly and embrace all aspects of housing and construction activities which will provide framework and structural development of the city, ” he said.
Director, School of Environmental Studies in MAPOLY, Arc. Koyejo Jolaosho said that the conference is aimed at bringing together researchers, stakeholders in the environment with the view to ensure sustainable human environment.
“To build together researchers, practitioners and stakeholders in the experiences with the view to bringing forth policy direction that will ensure inclusiveness, healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable cities/human environment.
“To provide an avenue for training and re-training of the trainers, as well as the operators or users of research results.
“To provide a complimentary platform for capacity enhancement/development through the promotion of research and writing skills; exchange of intellectual and professional ideas in response to the transitional challenges of the United Nations’ post-2015 Millennium Development Agenda (MDG) into the UN 2030 Sustainable Development agenda (SDG).”