The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Prof Saburi Adesanya, has commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its continuous provision of state of the art infrastructure in the university and other tertiary institutions in the country.
Prof Adesanya, who gave the commendation during the combined 25th and 26th convocation ceremonies of the university in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, said the institution has witnessed unparalleled development in terms of provision of befitting physical infrastructure, facilities and equipment in all its campuses.
In a statement made available to The AUTHORITY by TETFund and signed by its Director, Corporate Affairs and Public Relations Department, Mr Benn Ebikwo, the VC expressed thanks to the Management of TETFund from the tenure of Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who is currently the INEC Chairman, down to the present Executive Secretary of the Fund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa for their interest in the university.
He said, “Management has left no stone unturned towards rebuilding the University. The University has witnessed an unparalleled development in terms of befitting physical infrastructure, facilities and equipment in all campuses of the University”.
“To achieve the above, Management judiciously utilised the allocations from TETFund, FGN-NEEDS and IGR to build befitting structures that now adorn the various campuses of the University. Presently, we have about 29 new building projects most of which had been completed and occupied while others are nearing completion. In fact, some of these buildings were commissioned as part of highlights of events for this ceremony by the donors.”
Delivering the Convocation Lecture titled “Research, Funding Higher Education and the Role of Universities”, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr Baffa, who was represented by the Director Academic Staff Training and Development of the Fund, Dr Jacob Alada, described research as the singular tool available to the scholar in the development and dissemination of new knowledge.
While enjoining managers of tertiary educational institutions in the country to encourage more cutting edge researches in their institutions, the convocation lecturer also urged government to make sustainable improvements in policy frameworks and adopt new management systems in order to overcome the various challenges inhibiting the carrying out of meaningful research work in Nigerian higher educational institutions.