THE authority of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State has called on both the returning and fresh students of the institution to be committed to re-engineering of the university so as to fulfill its destiny of world class university.
This was stated in an address delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Faborode at the orientation programme for fresh students of 2008/2009 academic session, which was held at the Oduduwa Theatre Hall of the institution.
The VC stated that the students were expected to contribute to the well-being and progress of the institution, adding that the motto of the institution should be the focal point of the students’ activities.
Speaking on the importance of peaceful atmosphere, Faborode reiterated that the task of evolving a university that would advance knowledge and civilization was one that could be accomplished under a peaceful and serene atmosphere, adding that the cooperation of all was needed in achieving the goal.
“I warmly welcome you to the new academic session, your primary objective in coming to the university is to receive values that will properly situate you for your future in a competitive environment.
“I advise and encourage you to use your little spare time on activities that will protect your personality positively like joining of registered student associations and taking part in games and sporting activities”.
Faborode also advised the students who succeeded in obtaining university accommodation to regard it as a privilege, which must not be abused, saying they should obey the rules and regulations of the halls of residence. He also urged the fresh students to see the newly-inaugurated students’ union as a machinery designed for students’ self-government and leadership training, urging the union to join hands with the institution management to bring back the glory of the university.
Also speaking at the orientation programme, the Acting Dean, Division of Students’ Affairs. Dr. Latefah Durosimi advised the students to consult with their course advisers before registering for any course and other academic activities. She added that all stakeholders in the institution must work together to maintain the good name and great legacy of the university in order to attain the lofty goals and corporate vision of the university.
– DAPO AJISEGIRI