The Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti has given assurance of a better service delivery in the year 2020.
Professor Olanipekun in his message to usher in the new year on the occasion of the first working day gave the assurance while addressing a cross section of the University community.
The Vice Chancellor used the occasion to thank the entire University community for the cooperation he enjoyed during the year 2019. He particularly thanked the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Council, Professor Bamitale Omole, Council members, members of the University Senate, Alumni Association, Staff unions, members of staff and the students for their unflinching support in year 2019.
He described the past year as very challenging, particularly in the areas of payment of workers’ salaries and implementation of the Government White Paper report on the Visitation Panel which culminated in the disengagement of some staff of the University. He assured that the Committee put in place by the University Council was working assiduously to attend to some of the issues arising from the disengagement of staff.
Professor Olanipekun reiterated his commitment to the welfare of staff and students as well as creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The Vice Chancellor further disclosed other priority areas in the University as follows :
1. Provision of hostel facilities on campus that would accommodate a minimum of 6,000 students on campus hopefully by October, 2020. It is our desire to provide decent accommodation for our students. Apart from this, arrangement is being made to provide residential quarters for Principal Officers and other staff on campus. The intention of this is to ensure that more staff live on campus with a view to changing the face of the campus and inject more life into the University which is almost desolate particularly at nights. Accordingly, the University will soon be signing MoUs with some genuine investors.
2. Computerization of the Registry and Bursary Departments for effective and better service delivery. As soon as this is done, service would become more effective and efficient. Processing of transcripts would become faster than what operates at the moment.
3. Provision of uninterrupted electricity and water supply. The provision of these two important utility services would aid research activities and make the campus more lively. In essence, laboratories would become more functional, while hostels and staff quarters would be lively.
4. Rehabilitation and extension of internal road network to aid movement of men and materials without any hinderance. The campus, under this arrangement would be linked with its satellite campus in Irasa village housing the Directorate of Continuing Education Centre.
5. Commissioning of the central laboratory for use by members of the university community and the general public. Moreover, the laboratory will be equipped with modern state of the art facilities.This will no doubt, attract researchers from other educational institutions within and outside Ekiti State thus improving the internally generated revenue of the University.
6. Establishment of linkages with renowned globally recognized and world class institutions. This is to put the name of the University in world map and improve its ranking among the comity of universities globally.
7. Revitalizing the Advancement and Linkage Directorate for better service delivery. The Directorate will receive adequate support from Management to enable it to meet up with its enormous challenges.
8. Fostering a better town and gown relationship, especially by being a key player in the knowledge economy of the state government.
9. Provision of incentives that would improve productivity in research areas that are driven by the needs of the society. In other words, the output of research activities would be tailored to provide solutions to societal problems.
10. Giving adequate attention to the welfare of staff and students. This will be achieved through regular payment of salaries as and when due. Moreover, both teaching and non-teaching staff would be exposed to both local and international workshops and trainings to improve their capacity. Students’ Welfare Committee would be put in place to interface between the University management and the Students Union to proactively resolve issues before they get out of hand.
11. Putting in place measures that would ensure that the University is not only gender-friendly, but has zero tolerance for any form of misconduct including Gender Based Violence (GBV). The University would not condone any act of sexual harassment/ sex for marks and all those found culpable would be made to face appropriate sanctions.
He, therefore solicited the support of all stakeholders in order to realize the actualization of these priority areas.