Oladele Ogunsola – Ibadan
The quest for excellence and greatness of the nation’s institutions of higher learning will be achieved in no distant future with concern, commitment and dedication of the various alumni associations of the institutions to their well-being.
This was the view of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto when the set of 1998 graduates of the institution’s Department of Sociology presented the sum of Five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000.00) to the 54-year old Department.
The donation which is for the upgrading the postgraduate classroom in the Department is part of activities lined up to mark the 30th anniversary of their graduation.
The UIDVC, who said world class universities attained their present status owing largely to the contributions of their alumni in infrastructural development, endowments and funding stressed the need for their Nigerian counterparts to emulate them by rendering assistance and support in meeting infrastructure and funding needs of their Alma Mata.
Leading three other members of the set- Prof. Wole Atere, Mr. Gbenga Adediji and Niyi Bello to do the presentation, Aderinto maintained that if alumni wake up to their responsibilities, Nigerian varsities will be better and urged graduates of Nigerian universities to return to their schools and assist in the delivery of quality education to modern learners.
According to him, “the likes of Havard, Yale, London School Economics did not get to their present world class positions by joke, they benefitted largely from the support of their alumni.
“We cannot sit back and watch our institutions go into state of disrepair without plough back to where we were made and we promise to make this annual contribution as long as we live and we hope to rally more people to support Ibadan Sociology”, he assured.
Thanking the 1998 set for their support to the Department, the Head of the Department, Prof. Ifeanyi Onyeonoru promised that the fund would be used judiciously to uplift the postgraduate classroom.
While asking for change of attitude from the people to public institutions, he remarked that Nigerians give money in churches and mosques but not to public institutions that will benefit mankind.
A Prof. of Development studies, Olanrewaju Olutayo, who made a brief remark at the presentation used the occasion to challenge those who he said have been insensitive to the needs of their former schools to wake up to give back to their schools to enrich the standards of education similar to that which they enjoyed while there.