January 31, (THEWILL) – Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, has said that his administration will soon launch an Education Trust Fund to provide a sustainable fund for infrastructural development at all levels of education in the state.
Abiodun disclosed this while approving the construction of a 1600-bed hostel facility at the 30th and 31st Convocation Ceremonies of the school, to address the accommodation challenges of students.
He noted that the fund would enable the state to meet the funding deficit that has existed over the years in the education sector.
The governor said “very soon, we will launch the Ogun State Education Trust Fund to provide us with a sustainable fund for Infrastructural development for all levels of education in the state.”
“In addition, as your visitor, my commitment to providing the right ambience for research, teaching and learning is total, in this regard, I have just facilitated the provision of one thousand, six hundred bed hostel for Olabisi Onabanjo University, this is yet another initiative of your government to provide a wholesome experience for our students.
“I congratulate the best graduating student for the year 2019/2020 academic session, Adebisi Awolumate of the department of Cooperatives and Rural Development, she graduated with a GPA of 4.28, in the same vein, I want to congratulate the best graduating student for the year 2020/2021 academic session, Pharm. Iloka Peter of the department of Pharmacy with a G.P.A of 4.92”.
Abiodun, who lauded the university for being one of the few schools without crisis since he assumed office about three years ago, thanked the management for sustaining development, as the institution had grown one of the foremost in the country.
He acknowledged the giant strides the school has made over the years, saying that the school remained the fourth best state university and 17th in over 200 universities in the country, urging the institution to work towards occupying the first position in the near future.
The governor, while charging the school management to lead the way in producing quality manpower, and inspired practical solutions to human challenges, urged it to look for partners that would assist the institution in its sustainable drive to promote education.
He said that the Ilisan-Ago-Iwoye road has been awarded to expedite the construction for ease movement of the people, appreciated those who have contributed to the development of the school and called for more partnership.
Abiodun said “For Olabisi Onabanjo University and its immediate environment, the re-award of the contract for the construction and completion of the Ilishan-Ago-Iwoye is another demonstration of our commitment to improve on physical infrastructure in this area.”
“When I was coming this morning, I had to go through the Ishara-Ago-Iwoye road and even the state of that road shocked me and convinced me about the reason why we need to expedite the reconstruction of the Ilishan-Ago-Iwoye road and that has started, it is our believe that this road will ease the movement of the people in this area.” he added.
He gave automatic employment and the sum of N1m to the overall best graduating student for 2019-2020, Miss Adebisi Awolumate of Department of Cooperative and Community Development, who graduated with 4.28 and 2020-2021 best graduating student, Mr Ebuka Iloka, 2020-2021 from Department of Pharmacy with 4.92 GPA.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Pro. Ganiyu Olatunde, said the institution has witnessed significant growth and development in its operational and administrative sectors as it transited from non-residential to residential with over 3,000 students resident in the campus, noting that discussions are on with private developers to build additional 75 housing units for staff.
Olatunde said that the university has established a Sexual Harassment Policy Committee to handle issues of sexual harassment and other acts of gender-based violence, while dress codes has been enforced and a Disciplinary Committee saddled with responsibility of reforming students of questionable character was also set up.
He said 446 indigene students are currently on the institution’s scholarship, 25 students are on ‘work-study programme, while acres of land were given free of charge to students who are interested in farming while still studying in the university.
The VC, informed that the e-Transcript Request System has been set up for easy access to student transcript anywhere in the world, stressing that the school currently had 75 approved academic programmes for undergraduate and 181 postgraduate programmes, as he enjoined the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution by putting what they had learned into practise.
Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, while delivering the Convocation Lecture titled “Your Future Is In Your Hands”, said that the students’ stay in the institution was a journey that started with many, but only few completed it.
Oloyede, who charged the graduands to always remain positive with the right attitude, reminded them that the world is a jungle where only the fittest survive, admonishing them to work on their minds and have self-control at all times.
The Convocation Lecturer observed that indiscipline was the order of the day, especially among the youth, urging the graduands to accept their mistakes, but should not accept defeat, make positive use of their time as the difference between failure and success is on how best time was utilised.