The out-going rector of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora, Prof. Gbemiga Adewale has called on the staff of the institution to remain united and give necessary support to his successor.
Prof Adewale gave this charge during a valedictory session and public lecture in his honour held on July 8, 2019 at the 800 Seater Lecture theatre of the institution.
In his valedictory speech, Prof. Adewale explained that his administration has imparted the lives of both staff and students of the College positively.
He noted that his administration would have loved to deliver more than the infrastructural facilities on ground, he however, expressed gladness that the enlistment of the College as one of the beneficiaries of Tertiary Education Trust fund would bring more infrastructural development to the College.
According to him, “I have fulfilled my vision and mission statement which were divided into three namely; institutional, educational and infrastructural plan.”
He therefore, thanked the Oyo State Government both past and present, community leaders, traditional rulers in Ibarapa Central Local Government, past Governing Councils, Management Team, Staff, Students and his family members for their unalloyed support, which made him to achieve the success recorded so far.
He then, dedicated all the achievements to the Almighty God.
Earlier, in his lecture, titled; Funding of Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria – problems and prospects, Prof. Adeniyi Olayanju, the Vice Chancellor, Landmark University, Omu Aran said for higher educational institutions to be self sustaining, revenue generation is the nucleus and the path to building a viable tertiary education system.
Prof. Olayanju explained that since institutions need revenue to provide basic amenities such as buildings, structures, water, electricity and so on, educational institutions must deepen and widen the entire revenue base.
The Vice Chancellor of Landmark University then gave seven conditions for managing institutions in a distressed economy, which include: communications, exploring entrepreneural potentials, establishment of business venture, goal setting and protection and policy formulation. Others are risk management and grant seeking.
Prof. Olatunji also congratulated the out-going rector for giving him the opportunity to serve as the pioneer Dean for Agriculture and Bio-environmental Engineering faculty while, he was on sabbatical in the College.
In his good will message, the Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Prof. Michael Ologunde, who was represented by Prof. Jelili Akinlade extolled the good qualities of Prof. Adewale to include forthrightness, candor, high sense of responsibility, utmost professional competence among others.
He appreciated the host communities, staff and students for cooperating with the out going Rector.
Prof Ologunde reiterated the commitment of LAUTECH to extend hands of fellowship to the College on new cooperation possibilities.
In his remarks,the students union president, Comrade Ajani Wasiu Akinwumi described Prof. Adewale as a father, cheerful giver, good listener, silent achiever and whose name would remain indelible in the anals of history.
The Olu Aso of Iberekodo, HRH. Jamiu Adedamola Badmus who spoke on behalf of other traditional rulers commended the Rector and the immediate past College Librarian, Dr. Olatunji Olaojo on their landmark achievements, while praying for God’s guidance for them and their families.
In his remarks, Dr. Olatunji Olaojo expressed gratitude to God, Staff and other management team for the opportunity to contribute their quota to the college.
The valedictory sessions witnessed commendation service, organized by the Christian community, inter-faith prayer, foundation laying of chapel, directorate of part time and preliminary studies, public lecture, valedictory session by the board of studies and appreciation programme.
The programme was well attended by traditional rulers in Ibarapa Central Local Government, scholars, among whom were the provost Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Dr. Adefabi, Provost, Oyo State College of Education, lanlate, Management, Staff, Students, friends and families of the awardees.
It would be recalled that Prof. Adewale to on the mantle of leadership on December 1, 2011.