The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka made this passionate call while he received in audience, members of the UI class of 1967 on the 26th of August 2018.
He passionately urged all alumni of the institution to organize themselves into various class sets thereby emulating 1967 set with a view to assisting their alma mater towards the development of the University.
While speaking on the notable contributions of alumni association to the school, he singled out the class of 1967 set to have been the most famous and active set of alumni university of Ibadan has ever produced with its consistent contributions to the development of the University.
He furthermore called on on other alumni to take clue from the 1967 set by organizing themselves into different class sets.
Prof. Olayinka further remarked that the University urgently needed the intervention of its graduates, while lamenting about the allocations coming from the federal government as grossly inadequate to run the University system.
However, The Vice-chancellor, expressed sincere appreciation for the contributions of the 1967 set noting that it was indeed a great opportunity to share experiences with them, he however reiterated the commitment of the University towards producing quality candidates saying that “UI would continue to be the first and the best with the support and contributions of its products”.
The OWL Campus Reporter gathered that the 1967 set built a bus-stop at the Queen Elizabeth hall of residence, and also notably reconstructed the main gate of the university and built a bust of intellectual to mark its 50 years of graduating from UI last year.
While speaking on behalf of the 1967 set, the Class President, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo challenged the University to increase its interface with the alumni, saying UI alumni have important role to play in taking the institution to greater heights.
He furthermore admonished the university to make the students more marketable by teaching them contemporary needs of the industry, stressed that it was high time the university reviewed its curriculum.
He corroborated his views saying that the University need to resuscitate the consultancy arm of the University because it is indeed necessary in view of the compelling challenges facing the University especially in terms of funding.
Other members of the class of 1967 set who attended the ceremony were Prof. Yombo Bolarinwa, Dr. Kayode Lasaki, Chief Bayo Oyero, Mrs. Titilola Famubode, Mr. Biodun Onibon Oje, and Mrs. Adejoke Scott-Emuakpor, E. M. Oladunni, Princess Deola Ayoola, Elder S. O. Olangbenro, Mrs. Funlola Oyele, Mrs. Ranti Onikan, Chief Wole Akinwande, and Mr. Jibola Dedenuola.
By – Abiodun Alao