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The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has played host to this year’s edition of the Annual Conference of the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA), with delegates from universities across the country in attendance.

The Conference which had the theme: The Contemporary Higher Education Institution Administration: Strategic Inflection Point,was, according to ANUPA’s National Chairman, Barrister Titus Igwe, ‘to allow its members to interact and exchange, ideas’, so that administration, as the pillar of the University system would be re-invigorated to suit contemporary demands.

Declaring the Conference open, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Simeon Bamire, expressed delight that the University has proven beyond doubts that it is a worthy host of the Conference, which attracted an array of seasoned administrators in the Nigerian tertiary education sub-sector.

While lauding the pivotal roles of ANUPA in Nigerian Universities, he challenged its members to keep their quest for greater relevance by embracing ICT knowledge and skills which have remained the face of the changing nature of administration in the world today.

In the keynote address, the Vice-Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, (RUN), Ede, Professor ’Debo Adeyewa, lamented the state of education in Nigerian tertiary institutions, citing different factors as reasons.

He said: “Nigeria’s education is in shambles; we have lost our past glory. Nigerian students are moving to neighbouring countries whose education cannot match ours before, in search of quality education.”

“Poor funding is a problem that will only get worse, while strike actions have always been a constant feature in our tertiary institutions”, he added.

He therefore tasked University’s administrators to shun any attitude that could further worsen the sorry state of education in Nigeria, encouraging them to be abreast with the fast paced nature of the twenty-first (21st) century, as he also implored them to employ dialogue in settling all differences between them and the government, so that the educational system is not bastardized.

In their separate remarks at the event former Jamb Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde; the Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Professor Obilade and the immediate-past Registrar of the University, Mr. Ayorinde Ogunruku, all underscored the crucial roles of administrators in the development of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, new executive officers have been elected to steer the wheel of ANUPA, OAU chapterin the next administration. The election which cameon the heels of the Annual ANUPA Conference and General Meeting, saw seventy-three (73) members of the association cast their votes for their candidates of choice.

According to a report made available by the Electoral Committee, the election saw Mr. J. O. Oyelakin emerge as Chairman; Mrs. A.O. Asahiah, Vice-Chairman and Mrs. O. V. Omolola, Secretary.

Other elected officers are Mr. I. Arounkola, Assistant Secretary; Mrs. L. Olawale, Treasurer; Mrs. O.A. Ayeni, Financial Secretary; Mr. I.I. Olodude, Publicity Secretary and Mrs. A.O. Oyedare, Training Officer.

The elected candidates would be sworn in by the Legal Officer of the association at a date to be announced later