The Vice-Chancellor, prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun delivering his opening speech during the dinner
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has adjudged the just concluded 2009/2010 Academic Session as the best in the history of the University, despite militating challenges, particularly, threat posed by the recent prolonged nationwide strike by University Unions.
Speaking at a Dinner held in honour of members of the University Senate last Friday at the Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Professor Balogun disclosed that the Academic Session produced the highest number of First Class students in the history of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor further revealed that “a particular Department alone gave us seven First Class Students”.
Prof. Balogun expressed joy over the feat and described it as shocking, saying “I confess before you tonight that I expected the worst result due to constraint of time which stemmed from the national strike, yet this year gave us the best result in the history of the University”.
Aside the brilliant score sheet, the Vice-Chancellor while reviewing the 2009/2010 Academic Session said the normalization of the academic calendar hitherto disrupted by the prolonged strike, also impressed him.
He thanked members of the University, particularly the Senate, for regularizing and standardizing the disrupted academic year through dint of hardwork, which he noted, could only have been achieved at the expense of personal commitments.
Consequently, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the Senate has resolved to reward hardwork and exceptional commitment to duty as well as devotion to studies by staff and students respectively, with a special recognition tagged “Award of Productivity”.
Revealing that Senate has formally fixed 1st January of every year as the University’s Foundation Day, Professor Balogun stressed that the day would be marked with the “Night of Excellence”, during which “Award of Productivity” will be conferred on deserving staff and students.
The Vice-Chancellor, however, thanked the President and Visitor to the University, the Presidency, the Legislature, the persons of Speaker Dimeji Bankole, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and Governor Gbenga Daniel, for contributing immensely to the success of the 2009/2010 Academic Session of the University.
He also lauded the Governing Council, Management and Senate of the University, while similar appreciation was extended to the host Community, Odeda Local Government Chairman, Hon. Azinge Akintunde, royal fathers, spirituals leaders, and security agencies including the paramilitary, among others.
The occasion witnessed commemorative toasts to peace and progress of the nation, the University at large and Senate in particular.