Hope Rises on OSOPADEC Hostel Project in AAUA
Fresh hopes have been raised on the completion of the long-abandoned hostel complex being built by the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC) at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State.
The Chairman of the Commission, Barr. Gbenga Edema, raised the hopes when he led other Management and senior staff of the Commission on a courtesy call on the Management of the University on Wednesday last week.
Barr. Edema took time out to enumerate the odds against the completion of the project to include dwindling resources and legal issues. He, however, added that solutions have been found to the legal matters, while his administration would explore all avenues to ensure the completion of the complex to enable the University to put it to use.
In his words, “We are here today to assure you of the readiness of OSOPADEC to finally complete the hostel project embarked upon several years ago. The Governor has given us the mandate to complete all uncompleted projects of the Commission.
“And in line with that, we have resolved all knotty administrative and legal matters militating against our hostel projects in Adekunle Ajasin University, as well as the one at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo.
“These hostels are now business investments of the Commission, and there is no law preventing us from embarking upon such a business venture. Therefore, we are here today to take a look at the one in AAUA here with a view of completing it and putting it to use.”
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, lauded the decision and determination to complete the project, which has been under construction for almost a decade. He lamented the fact that only a paltry six percent of the student population of the University live on campus.
Prof. Ajibefun listed the steps taken by Management to safeguard and preserve the structural integrity of the building from the vagaries of the weather and the environment. He pledged the support of the University Management to the early completion of the project, saying it is a critical aspect of University development. He said it would be encouraging to finally put the hostel to use.
The Vice Chancellor later led the visiting OSOPADEC team on a tour of the project.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige; the Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun; the Bursar, O. V. Ologun, FCA; University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi; and the Director of Physical Planning and Development, Arc. Emmanuel Orimoloye, among other senior officers of the University.
We’ll make our Presence Felt Soon, AAUA VC Assures Ido Ani Monarch
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akngba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has assured the Monarch of Ido Ani of improved presence of the institution in the community.
It will be recalled that Ido Ani had, few years ago, donated a large parcel of land to the University.
Prof. Ajibefun gave the assurance on Wednesday last week when the Alani of Ido Ani, Oba Dr. Olufemi Olutoye, OFR, led his Olori (wife), some of his chiefs to the Vice Chancellor’s Office on a courtesy call.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “AAUA is very pleased with Ido Ani and its contributions to the University, especially, the land donated to us. We will visit the place in few weeks’ time. And we will consider how we can develop the land. With our expansion plans, I can assure you of the presence of the University in the community.”
Speaking earlier, Oba Dr. Olufemi Olutoye, OFR, had expressed the desire of the community to have AAUA’s Faculty of Agriculture relocated to the community, and solicited the varsity’s collaboration with Federal Government College at Ido Ani.
The Monarch expressed satisfaction over the academic and infrastructural development of the University and its clean environment, saying, “This University is comparable to any other university across the globe. We are not just pouring encomiums because we are here, but because of the practical experience we have had elsewhere and what we have seen here.”