By Olufemilade Oyinade
Governor Abiodun has commended the Governing Council for bringing down the rate of cultism and all manners of indiscipline in the university, pointing out that the feat has resulted to high level of interest displayed by the number of students seeking admission.
“I think that one thing that stands out is the level of security or the reduction of the level of insecurity, we all know what characterised that university in the past where there were cultism and all manners of indiscipline. We see that has greatly subsided and students are more focused on their academic activities and I think that is very impressive.
Abiodun added; “That is what will explain for the higher level of interest that is displayed by the number of students that are seeking admission, because nobody will want his or her children in a university where there is a high rate of cultism and bad behaviour.
“So, I will like to congratulate the Governing Council on your particular achievement of curbing the rate of insecurity which is one challenge that we are now currently dealing with along the length and breadth of not just this state, but the country at large,” the governor stated.
Abiodun who disclosed that his administration has acquired buses for the smooth transportation of students on campuses, added that the buses would soon be handed over to the institutions as soon as issues on the management of the buses are sorted out with respective institutions.
“Recently, we also committed to the provision of buses, as a matter of fact, we have since acquired those buses and they have since been delivered to us, we will soon be sitting down with you to discuss the handover of those buses and of course, the management of those buses for the convenience of transporting your students”, he noted.
While appreciating the Governing Council for the changes it has made in the curricular of the institution, the governor also commended the Council for what they were able to achieve in terms of students’ welfare.
“I want to appreciate some of the changes that you’ve made in curricular; you have mentioned that you have introduced Nursing, Music and Linguistics and that it is doing very well. You have also done a lot of work in regards to students’ welfare, particularly by providing through Public Private Partnership, accommodation and increased students population from four hundred to three thousand”, Abiodun submitted.
The Pro Chancellor and Chairman, Governing-Council of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Mrs. Mosun Belo-Olusoga, has disclosed that the institution now has 96.4 percent accreditation status for courses being run by the varsity.
Olusoga, who said the National University Commission (NUC) granted full accreditation for seventy courses out of seventy-two presented before the Commission, added that OOU under the watch of the present Council has been able to increase the accreditation from the 76% it met when it came on board in 2017.
Belo-Olusoga gave this disclosure when she led members of the Council on a courtesy visit to Governor Dapo Abiodun, in his Oke Mosan Office, on Friday.
She said that the school has enforced discipline and also ensured strict adherence to work ethics, through the review of the Code of Conduct for staff and students.
She noted that the work ethics that was introduced has ensured that disciplinary actions were enforced without fear or favour.
She informed the governor that erring staff and students, through the university management and senate had been disciplined after following the established procedures.
The Pro-Chancellor also said that institution has put in place mechanisms that would continue to ensure the timely release of examination results of students, the prompt processing of transcripts and certificates.
She equally said that the Council had also approved the establishment of a Students Welfare and Hostel Management Committee that would interface with the owners of hostels and students residing in the properties.
While noting that the objective of the Committee was to ensure that mutually beneficial relationships continue to exist between both parties, added that regular consultative forum is being held with all stakeholders in the university so as to ensure that problems and challenges were resolved before they snowball into preventable crisis.
Belo-Olusoga who further disclosed that the university under her watch has transited from its non-residential policy to a residential policy, said that the students population residing in the hostel has increased from initial four hundred to over three thousand students.