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The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has said the University as one of Africa’s most prestigious Universities is not left out of the horrendous challenges facing tertiary institutions in contemporary times, but he is committed to tackling the challenges through focused and exemplary leadership.

Professor Ogunbodede was reacting to the remarks by one of the foremost alumni of the University, who also is the proprietor of the well-known Arubiewe Farms Ltd., Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, who was at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office on a courtesy visit accompanied by former JAMB Registrar, Emeritus Professor Dibu Ojerinde.

The Vice-Chancellor said the University Administration is ready to show strong leadership coupled with clear vision and team spirit, maintaining that would definitely make their time at the reins of power to positively impact the institution.

Also, the Vice-Chancellor commended Dr. Ogunbiyi for carving for himself, a reputation as one of OAU’s active alumni in terms of giving back to the University, citing his numerous donations to the Faculty of Agriculture.

He said: “it’s a rare privilege to have you with us. Let me say, sir, that we really do not have people like you; because for many years, you have been assisting us at the Faculty of Agriculture and you have never been tired of us”.

He therefore, asked for his advice, saying his wealth of experience is an asset the University cannot afford to ignore, while also praising Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, calling him a pillar in the University.
In his response, Dr. Ogunbiyi expressed optimism in the new Ogunbodede-led administration, saying ‘it’s a great pleasure to be associated with the new leadership of the University which is a clear and identifiable leadership for peace, progress and sustainable development.’

He also noted that there is new-found peaceful climate in the University community after the crisis that almost crippled the institution in recent years. He therefore wished the VC and other Principal Officers a successful tenure, praying that God would give the ability to give their best.

In his words, “I’m particularly very delighted because this visit has been different from all other visits, and I thank God that the crisis of the past has not brought the university down and my prayers and best wishes to the VC, Professor Ogunbodede and his team”.

He therefore challenged the Vice-Chancellor and other Principal Officers of the University on good leadership with a clear vision and mission that would carry everyone along, asserting that OAU must return to its glory days.

While restating his unalloyed support for the University, Dr. Ogunbiyi glowing passion to see OAU succeed at all cost, and also used the opportunity to laud Professor Dibu Ojerinde, calling the former JAMB-boss a father and a mentor.