EX-UNILAG VC COMMENDS ONI OVER DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Nigeria Academy of Sciences (NAS) has commended the administration
of Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti for coming up with programmes and
policies that would enhance the teaching of science and technology in
The President of Academy and the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Lagos, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe who gave the commendation in
Ado-Ekiti said efforts of the present administration to reposition
education in the state was recognised by the academy
“We have looked at states providing the necessary platforms and
infrastructure to get us there and we are happy with you. We will soon
follow this up with a letter because we cannot just sit down there
complaining and complaining.
“When we see an island of excellence, I think we should let every one
know that there is a lot of bush but there is a land some where great
things are happening. I share in your vision of retuning Ekiti state
to its rightful position as the number one state in Nigeria terms of
academics,” Ibidapo-Obe said.
He commended the Governor for putting the newly established University
of Science and Technology Ifaki (USTI) on a strong footing with the
signing of a technology pact with the prestigious University of
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, which designed the famous Blackberry phone.
Ibidapo-Obe said USTI was already a success story and a Nigerian
innovation in view of the outstanding men and women on the
University's Governing Council as well as the vision of the
Oni-Administration to run the university as a public private
“With the assemblage of forward-looking innovative men and women on
the University's Governing Council including, Professor Peter
Okebukola, the immediate past Executive Secretary of the National
Universities Commission; Professor Segun Adegbulugbe, the former
Special Adviser to the president on Energy and Mrs Esther Bolu-
Ashafa, pioneer Registrar of the Lagos State University, the task of
making the university a model ivory tower in Nigeria is,” he said.
He commended the state government for its plans to power the
university purely on wind turbines and others sources of renewable
energy as well as its vision to make the institution information
communication technology(ICT) driven.