Pomp as AAUA Takes Possession of Property at Oyin-Akoko
The people of Oyin Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo on Wednesday rolled out the drums with traditional dancers, booming guns from local hunters, and prominent sons and daughters of the land on hand to welcome Management members and senior officers of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko as the Institution formally took possession of a multi-storey building and large expanse of land donated by a philanthropist, Chief (Dr.) Julius Ajibulu, at the town.
Chief Ajibulu had donated the property – a three-floor building of over 29 rooms and a large parcel of land measuring about two and a half acres located at Oyin Akoko to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, in August, 2017.
Chief Ajibulu, who is the Managing Director of Nobell Engineering Company, said he gave the huge facility to the University as his own contribution to the growth of the University, and so that Oyin community would benefit from the university presence when the property is put to use.
He said, “I wish to reiterate that the buildings and other landed properties were wholeheartedly donated without anticipating any personal reward. Rather, the donations were done in fulfilment of my innate desire to improve the lot of the indigenes of Oyin Akoko, and adjourning areas in terms of providing tertiary education facilities within easy reach, employment opportunities for the people within our environment, and to boost the social, economic and commercial activities of the town.”
He added that, “I can see many buildings including the magnificent Senate Building that are already in place (in the University). Also, I can easily recollect that since the past four years, law graduates of AAUA have been leading at the final Bar Examination of the Nigerian Law School and making waves nationally and internationally. These are no doubt feats of pride that the University and the state can justifiably be proud of.”
The donor, who said words were inadequate to express his feelings and elation, lauded the state government and the University Management for their untiring efforts at making significant improvements in the University’s rankings over and above other state-owned universities. He called on the University Management to put the properties to immediate and beneficial use.
In his remark, the Oloyin of Oyin Akoko, Oba Olusola Bamisile, whose coronation anniversary coincided with the date of the event, praised Chief Ajibulu for being a worthy ambassador of the community and for releasing his property to the University in the overall interest and development of Oyin Akoko. He also urged the University to take possession and put the facility to immediate use.
In the words of the monarch, “I’m particularly happy that I am a living witness to this occasion. Today, coincidentally, is my coronation anniversary, and I am delighted to be part of this epochal event. We have no doubt in our mind as a community that this will bring development to Oyin in particular and education to Ondo State in general. We therefore urge the University to put the facility to immediate use as we are sure it would improve the economic activities of this town and reduce pressure on the facilities at the Akungba campus.”
While the duo of Oba Olusola Bamisile and the donor, Dr. Ajibulu, signed the documents that formally ceded the properties to the University, the trio of the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun; Registrar, Mr. Michael Ayeerun; and the Director of Physical Planning, Architect Ajibola Orimoloye, signed for the Institution.
Speaking after the handover, the Vice Chancellor appreciated the donor for his contribution to the development of the University, noting that he took a very wise decision by attracting the presence of the University to Oyin Community. He also thanked the leadership and people of Oyin community for their cooperation and show of love.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “The entire University community is appreciative and impressed with what we have seen here today, particularly the large heart of Chief Ajibulu for donating this to the University and the cooperation of the community in this regard. The State Government and the University Community are happy about what Chief Ajibulu has done. The other day, after the announcement of the donation to the University, I prepared a report on this to the State Government, and the government was very happy about it. So it was government’s decision that the University should honour Dr. Ajibulu.
“The honorary doctorate degree of Adekunle Ajasin University is not given to just anybody. In 2015, it was given to the former Minister of Agriculture and present President of African Development Bank, ADB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; so the degree of the University is conferred on great people. By this donation, Dr. Ajibulu is promoting the Oyin Community and attracting development to the town. So, he is a man to be proud of and appreciated.”
It will be recalled that Chief Ajibulu was awarded a Honourary Doctorate degree of Adekunle Ajasin University along with the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha at the 7th Convocation ceremony of the University held last December. Professor Ajibefun, who added that government alone cannot fund education, noted that government is thankful for the Ajibulu donation, saying that the donor is an exemple of a great citizen.
“Government alone cannot fund education, and that is the reason government is excited about the fact that a philanthropist is intervening in this critical regard. The donor is a blessing to the community, the state and the country. What he has done today will promote development in the community, “Ajibefun said.
Varsity Affirms Credibility, Acceptability of Sandwich, Part-Time Programmes
Certificates and Degrees awarded by the Part-Time and Sandwich programmes of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko are not inferior and are credible and widely accepted both nationally and internationally.
This was the submission of the duo of Drs. Bolanle Ogungbamila and Jude Akomolafe, Directors of Institute of Part-Time Programmes and Institute of Education respectively, while speaking in separate media chats on Radio AAUA in Akungba Akoko.
According to them, part-time and sandwich students are taught by Doctorate Degree holders who also teach full time students, just as they run the same curriculum, and thus the programmes cannot be termed inferior to any other. The only difference, according to the duo, is the flexibility and timing of lectures because most part-time and sandwich students are working class desirous of university education.
In the words of Dr. Ogungbamila of the Part-Time programme, “They (part-time students) hold their Matriculation and Convocation ceremonies in the Institution at the same time, and they are awarded degrees by the same University. In fact, the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, recognises them and gives them Certificate of Exclusion because the government believes they are already serving the nation in their respective offices or trade.
“We have students who work with the military and other para-military forces, just as we have students who are state and federal civil and public servants. We also have bankers, engineers and other professionals coming to us for first and post-graduate degrees.
“I can proudly beat my chest that our students are well taught and pass through rigorous tests and examinations before being awarded our certificates. I can speak for our part-time programmes as very thorough and one that meets the most stringent evaluations and supervision.”
Dr. Ogungbamila added that AAUA has centres at Akure and Akungba Akoko.
Speaking in the same vein, Dr. Akomolafe of the Institute of Education cleared the air on the belief in some quarters that Sandwich programmes are only for teachers.
According to him, “It is not true that our programmes are only for teachers. We have professionals and government workers taking our courses.
“But because our courses are education related, we have mapped out convenient time for our students; we run our programmes during the school holidays. We have our centre at Iwaro-Oka while we are working on expanding and having more centres.”
He also reiterated the acceptability and credibility of the programmes saying several of their products have gone on to become senior officers in the military, civil and public service, even as some have risen to become university professors and lecturers.
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