ODSG Facilitates Solar Power for Ajasin Varsity
Caption: The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun (L) putting signing the ODSG-facilitated MoU to provide solar-powered electricity to the University at the Governor’s Office, Akure
Relief appears to be on the way for Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, as the heavy burden of powering the extensive campus complex on diesel generators is set to be lifted following the signing, last week, of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and Dantata Solar Limited, that would guarantee uninterrupted electricity to the Institution within the next six months. The MoU was facilitated by the Ondo State Government.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Governor’s Office, Akure, and will serve the University Community for 25 years.
The Ondo State Government-facilitated initiative is one of the benefits of the Nigerian-German Energy Partnership. It is one of the moves of the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration to provide regular power supply to towns and rural communities across the state.
Speaking at the signing of the MOU, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, lauded the cooperation between Nigeria and Germany through which the University would begin to enjoy a new lease of life, having lacked electricity supply from the national grid for years.
Governor Akeredolu said the signing of the MoU would spur other institutions to emulate Adekunle Ajasin University in their drive to deliver welfare, impart knowledge and turn out quality graduates for the overall development of the nation.
The governor, however, pleaded with the Consul General of Germany, Mr Ingo Herbert, who led the team, to further help the State Government by extending the similar gesture of providing power supply to communities in the riverine areas of the state.
Earlier, the Consular General Mr Ingo Herbert, had said Ondo State, popularly known as the Sunshine State, should leverage on its solar potentials to generate enough solar energy for its people.
The Coordinator of the Nigerian-Germany Energy Partnership, Dr Jeremy Gaines, said the project would stop the use of environmentally-unfriendly diesel generators at the University.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, expressed gratitude to the State Government for the gesture. He opined that by the time the project is delivered, the University would be relieved of the huge sums of money being spent on fuelling and maintaining the numerous generators servicing the sprawling university campus.
He added that the development would ensure that the laboratories, electronic and electrical facilities as well as other units and components of the University work optimally.
Prof. Ajibefun signed the MOU on behalf of the University while the Project Manager of Dantata, Mr Oyeneye Babajide, signed on behalf of the solar energy company.
Other dignitaries at the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi; Secretary to the State Governor, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde; Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Pastor Femi Agagu; his counterpart in the Ministry of Information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale; Special Adviser on Development and Investment, Mr Boye Oyewunmi; as well as the Special Adviser on Education, Dr. Olawumi Ilawole.
Also in attendance were Professor Victor Olumekun; Annika Schmoeset and the Registrar of AAUA, Mr. M.S. Ayeerun.
AAUA VC Raises the Alarm Over Intrusion of Fulani Herdsmen
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has called on security agencies to assist the Institution in checking the illegal activities of Fulani herdsmen who have formed the undesirable habit of making their cattle to graze on the University farm sites.
The VC made the call in the University Thursday last week at a security forum organized by the Ondo State Police Command to interact with stakeholders, including all branches of security agencies, heads of institutions, royal fathers, religion leaders, artisans, students, farmers and hunters in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the State.
Prof. Ajibefun, who said that the University has been managing the situation peacefully, however expressed concern over the impunity with which the herdmen’s cattle destroy the crops in the University’s demonstration farms.
He said, “We are aware that the issue of security is very complex. And because we don’t want to make it more complex, we have been trying to manage our experience with Fulani herdsmen each time they intrude on our campus. It is very bad, they herd their cattle to our demonstration farm land and destroy the place!
“I would like to appeal to our security agencies to come to the aid of the University by finding a lasting solution to the problem.”
The VC thanked the security agencies, members of the University community and the host communities, for their cooperation towards sustaining the peace on campus, and assured them of the University’s continuous support.
ASUU CMS Assures Members of Transparency, Efficiency
The newly-elected President of the Academic Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society, ASCMS, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Dr. Adedayo Afe, has assured members of the society that the new Management Committee would be transparent and efficient in all its dealings.
Dr. Afe gave the assurance in his Acceptance Speech after taking the oath of office alongside other members of the Management Committee, during the 12th Annual General Meeting of the CMS on Thursday penultimate week.
The President said, “We promise to justify the hope reposed in us by our fellow cooperators. Our intention is to take the society to the next level through aggressive membership drive, renewed transparency in all our dealings, repositioning of secretariat for efficiency, engaging in more profitable ventures, and seeking members’ approval for major decisions.”
He thanked the University Management and the Ondo State Ministry of Cooperative Services for the support over the years and expressed the hope that more of such support would be extended to them (the new executives).
In his Farewell Address, the outgoing President, Dr. Bolanle Ogungbamila, said although the society encountered financial turbulence in the past two years, it has now fulfilled all his financial obligations, including payment of salaries of its employees, and giving loans to members.
He appreciated the members of the society for their support throughout his tenure and urged them to extend the gesture to his successor.
Administering the oath of office on the new executives, the Deputy Director of Ondo State Cooperative Services, Mr. Niyi Akinsulire, charged them to take the society to an enviable height.
Mr. Akinsulire commended the outgone executives for not only doing their members proud, but also the State Cooperative Services.
Other members of the executives are, Dr. Sunday Awoniyi (Vice president), Dr. Alaba Akinwotu (Secretary), Dr. Simeon Olaogun (Treasurer), and Dr. (Mrs.) O. M. Eludoyin (Welfare Officer).
The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Francis Gbore, represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, at the event.
AAUA NASU Gets New Excos
The Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko branch of the Non-Academic Staff Union, has inducted its newly-elected executives.
In a statement, the Secretary of the Union, Mr. Ismael Temitope Aguda, said the national body of the union had, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, conducted a free and fair election for the branch and issued Certificates of Office (Certificates of Return) to the new executives.
Mr. Aguda thanked all members of the Union for their steadfastness and sought their supports for the new executives in order to take the union to a greater height.
The new executives are Mr. Sanyaolu Aguda (Chairman), Mr. Ismael Temitope Aguda (Secretary) and Mrs. Bosede Olaniran (Treasurer). The Ex-officio members are Mr. Joshua Adewole, Mr. Olu Adeyinka, Mr. Rufus Apeko, Mr. Nathaniel Aye and Mr. Jacob Laramo.