The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has unveiled his administration’s immediate plan of action for the overall development of the University.
Professor Oyewole disclosed that the action plan involves the speedy completion of some on-going key projects that he said were paramount to him and germane to the development of the University.
The projects are the ongoing 3,000-capacity Auditorium, 2,000-capacity Lecture Theatre and the 500-seater central Computer Laboratory, while plans are already in the pipeline to commence the construction of three laboratories of 1,000-capacity each.
“I pray that it will be the last time that our Convocation Ceremony will hold under canopy because all my efforts are now geared towards the completion of the 3,000-capacity Auditorium, to host future programmes.
On the three set of 1,000-capacity laboratories, the Vice-Chancellor said they “will be targeted at our foundation level classes” while “the 2,000-capacity Lecture Theatre will also give additional succour to our students.”
The Vice-Chancellor, however, assured that more infrastructural projects will be executed while more buses will be bought for the students by his administration because his predecessor, Professor Oluwafemi Balogun, had put in place a “solid template”, for the funding of such projects.
Professor Oyewole reiterated never to pull down the legacies of any of his predecessors but will rather continue their good works.
His words, “with what Professor Balogun has done, it will be very difficult for any Vice-Chancellor to fail. He has put some solid templates down.
For instance, whatever money that we make through IGR, 40 per cent will be committed to physical development; whether you like it or not, there will be new buildings. We are also going to collect Acceptance Fee and it will be committed to students’ welfare. Therefore, for our students in particular, we shall be having new buses on the roads”, he stated.
Speaking on the roads connecting the University with Camp, Professor Oyewole decried the deplorable state of the Camp/Alabata Road, describing it as an ‘eye sore’.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that “the road is a Federal Government Road. I don’t think the State Government will touch it but I am happy to inform you that the Federal Government has allocated money for the reconstruction of the road in the 2012 Budget and it will be done by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and we are seeing them soonest”.
Professor Oyewole pointed out that while it is good to build infrastructure, “it is of more importance to our administration now to build people and equipment, to uphold the infrastructure. It is high time we improved the quality of ourselves and our equipment”.
The Vice-Chancellor later paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to the construction work on the 3,000-capacity Auditorium, College of Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the new road, being proposed by the University.