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FIRST BANK CHAIR, AWOSIKA VISITS OAU: pledges commitment to alumni activities, entrepreneurship
FIRST BANK CHAIR, AWOSIKA VISITS OAU: pledges commitment to alumni activities, entrepreneurship

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has received the Chairman, First Bank Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika to the University, even as he expressed optimism at the benefits the institution would derive not only from the First Bank Chair, but also from the bank.

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, a worthy alumnus of the University, had led a high profile delegation of the Bank on a courtesy visit to the VC, while in the University to flag-off the International Law Students’ Association Conference, held at the Oduduwa hall.

Speaking, Professor Ogunbodede gave glowing compliments about Mrs. Awosika, saying her numerous achievements are heart warming the University is proud of, while also lauding her enviable standing in the society.

According to him, “As an alumnus of this University, we are proud you will always be in the limelight and never in the background.You have lived a life of honour and your coming here is a real blessing to us.”
Speaking further, the VC brought to the fore the University’s administration willingness to equip students of the University with entrepreneurship skills, stressing that OAU as one of Africa’s best must contribute to the growth of the nation’s economy through job creation and self-dependency.
In her response, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika recalled fond memories of her time at OAU, saying it had a positive impact in all ramifications of her life, and also, that the University taught her to shun societal discrimination.

Awosika also assured Ogunbodede of her readiness to contribute her quota in advancing the institution, saying the impact OAU has had in her life is unquantifiable.

She said: “I’m very proud of Ife, because the time I spent here really shaped my life, it broke my societal limitations and social status. I learnt a lesson that it doesn’t matter where we come from, Ife taught us to be humble and accommodating.I have a lot to thank the University for and everywhere I go, I will always be thankful to OAU that is why I thought of doing something for the University.”

On entrepreneurship, the First bank Chair, corroborated the VC’s view on equipping the students with entrepreneurial skills, recommending that “the entrepreneurship programme should be a compulsory course for final year students of the university, because for a nation that has a massive job deficit, we need a lot of entrepreneurs, this is something we can help the university on, we can always do that as a team for OAU.”