In Nigeria, the Osun State Government opened a Mechatronic Institute at the State College of Technology, Esa-Oke to immortalise the former Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige (SAN).
State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, stated that the Bola Ige Mechatronic Institute cost about N875 million. The institute will admit holders of Ordinary National Diploma and Technical College graduates for skills acquisition and Industrial Trainings. Its door is also opened to independent auto-mechanics and technicians from automobile companies.
The institute hopes to upgrade to a full degree course on Auto Mechatronics and will be seeking approval from relevant bodies through National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). The governor stated that the state’s vision for the institute began with the need to empower youths and equip artisans with the requisite skills to be relevant in this digital world.
Ms Babalola , a former aide of the governor stated that Osun received the biggest support on the project from the National Automotive Design and Development Council, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry, which got the Bank of Industry to finance it through First Bank of Nigeria.
The centre has been described as a befitting legacy in honour of the slain Chief James Ajibola Bola Ige, one of Nigeria’s finest orator, a sage, and national icon.