By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
30 August 2021 |
University of Ibadan[/caption3The Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Babatunde Adebola Ekanola; Head of Department of Economics, Prof. Adeola Adenikinju and a Canada-based scholar, Prof. Francis Gbenga Fashanu, have stressed the need for individuals, the private sector, alumni and international organisations to support universities in the country to enable them to fulfil their objectives.
They spoke, at the weekend, when the 1990 set of the Economics Department of the university, paid a courtesy visit to Ekanola as well as part of activities marking the presentation of 400 books worth over N25 million to the department by the set in honour of Baba Stephen Fashanu.
The Acting VC, who lauded the set for the gesture, urged other sets to emulate the act.
He said government alone could not provide all that was needed by Nigerian universities.
Adenikinju, who sought the collaboration of all to move the department forward, said: “It is an honour to build on this worthy legacy of the department. My vision is to collaborate with stakeholders to make the department a foremost one in Africa that is strong, relevant, and respected nationally and internationally.
Fashanu, an alumnus of the department and scholar from Sheridan College, Canada, maintained that nowhere in the world where the government does everything, saying: “We cannot leave anything to the government. Government never does everything in any country. It is through collective efforts.
“ We have to do things from the private, individual perspective and others. We all have to help.
The young generation needs us. The world they are going into needs knowledge and skills. They have to find a way to acquire that.”