Always Prioritize AAUA’s Interest, VC Charges New Student Leaders
The 16th elected Student Union leaders of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, Nigeria, has been enjoined to always prioritise the University’s interest and good name in whatever they do.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, gave the charge on Tuesday during the swearing-in ceremony of the elected Student Union leaders for the 2017/2018 academic session, at the University’s Multipurpose Hall.
The new student leaders, which comprise the Students’ Union Government and the Students’ Representative Council, were elected through the University’s electronic voting system in the penultimate week, the third set of AAUA’s Union Election to be conducted through such means.
The elected officers for the SUG include: Temitope Eyinla, President; Omobolanle Ojo, Vice President; Ibrahim Oyashina, Gen. Sec; Adebayo Abodunrin, Asst. Gen. Sec; and Olajumoke Ajao, Fin. Sec; among others. The trio of Ademola Lawal, Fadekemi Falade, and Ifeniyi Ige, was elected as Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Chief Whip respectively to lead the Students’ Representative Council.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “In whatever we do, let us make the interest of the University and its good image a matter of utmost priority. As at today, when you think of the best State Universities in Nigeria, you cannot list the first three without mentioning Adekunle Ajasin University. That is the height we have reached, and we cannot afford to regress. Instead, we are prepared to surpass the present status.
“All of us, students and staffers, must work together so that the University can continue to soar beyond its present lofty heights. As a management team, we’ll always do our best in supporting Student Union leaders to succeed.”
The VC thanked the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Francis Gbore, for what he called his excellent handling of students’ related matters. He also commended the Electoral Committee, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Adebisi Olonisakin, for recording another success of the University’s electronic voting system.
He assured the University Community that Management will keep developing systems that will continue to make the University excel.
In his words, “Let me thank the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Francis Gbore, for his sacrifices and painstaking efforts at ensuring that student related needs are met at any cost. I also commend , especially, the Election Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Olonisakin for recording another round of success in the University’s three year old tradition of electronic voting.”
The Vice Chancellor also advised the new student leaders to lead well and manage whatever pressures come their way. “To be leaders is not an easy task; there will always be pressures from various quarters, but as student leaders, you must learn how to manage pressures and ensure good reasons prevail. When pressures are not well managed, they could lead to crisis, and in crisis situations, there cannot be progress.”
“As parents that we are to you within the university environment, we will always guide you to do what is best and help you to be successful. The University has recorded successful student Unionism over the years, and I have no doubt that the new regime will equally be a success.”
In his own remark, Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Francis Gbore, commended the candidates for displaying the spirit of sportsmanship at the polls, noting that candidates who were not so lucky openly congratulated the winners. He added that the conduct of this year’s Student Union Election, like previous ones, was in strict compliance with the AAUA Student Union constitution.
Prof. Gbore urged the new Student leaders to realise that student leadership position and the protection of the institution’s corporate image must be the major interest of a student leader.
According to him, “Student leadership is a privileged position. The Student leader ought to consider himself/herself more than a mere leader on the campus as the ripple effects of his/her leadership may have a greater lasting effects, even outside the campus environment. The protection of the institution’s corporate image must therefore be the major interest of a student leader. A responsible and responsive leadership is expected to represent the interests of all its membership at all levels, be accountable, and anticipate and respond to student’s needs and demands to ensure continuous improvements.”
The newly sworn-in Student Union President, Comrade Eyinla Temitope, and his immediate predecessor, Comrade Ijanusi Olawale, in their inaugural and valedictory remarks, respectively, enjoined all students to ensure maintenance of peace on campus.
Science Firm Renovates Physics Lab for AAUA
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has lauded the contributions of Tunex Laboratory Engineering Ltd., to the Institution.
Tunex Laboratory Engineering Ltd., carried out a total refurbishment of the University’s Physics Laboratory, and installed modern gadgets before formally handing over the facility to the University on Tuesday.
Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Ayo Olaleye, the facilitator, Prince Adeyinka Olanipekun, said the gesture was their own way of giving back to the society and part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, thanked the firm for its generosity and ingenuity, adding that the company has demonstrated its sincerity by fulfilling its promises to the University.
The VC urged other well-meaning individuals and organization to emulate Tunex Laboratory Engineering Ltd and help grow the Institution.
The Head of the Department of Physics and Electronics, Dr. Sola Fayose, who was excited about the development, said the facilities would not only serve the Department, but also the entire University community.