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EX-UNILAG VC COMMENDS ONI OVER DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

By Lere Olayinka

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 State.
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

partnership.
“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.