By NBF News

Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, has assured the people of the state that the licence of the state University of Science and Technology in Okitipupa, which was recently withdrawn by the Federal Government will soon be restored.

He said Governor Olusegun Mimiko will soon announce a Vice-Chancellor among the candidates being screened by the Governing Council of the institution.

Osunyikanmi, who spoke with journalists in Akure on Tuesday, explained that the current administration in the state took the development as a challenge.

He added that the state government had been working towards ensuring that necessary steps were taken so that the university could take off.

He expressed the hope that normal academic activities would start at the university as soon as the licence was restored by the National Universities Commission.

The development came just as the people of Ilaje in the oil-rich Ugboland, commended Mimiko for appointing their monarch, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, as the Chancellor of the university.

A community leader in the area, Chief Mallom Omagbemi, who stated this at the end of a meeting convened by Akinruntan in Akure, said the people believe in the ability of the monarch to turn the fortunes of the institution around and put it in a right footing for a smooth take-off.