By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti-The proprietor of the newly established Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti , Chief Afe Babalola has lamented the undue delay by the National University Commission (NUC) giving its nod for the immediate take-off of the institution , saying the delay would discourage parents who have indicate interest in sending their children to theÂ university
Saturday Vanguard gathered that theÂ construction workÂ of the newly established university commencedÂ February this year , as the institutionÂ was billed to commence academic activities inÂ September this year.
SpeakingÂ Â in Ado-Ekiti yesterdayÂ during an anniversary to markÂ the one year anniversary of the turning of the sod of the institution, Chief Babalola reasoned that the delay may not be unconnected withÂ administrativeÂ bottleneck thatÂ is usually associated with government establishments.
SpeakingÂ during theÂ familiarization visit of theÂ Ekiti State governor, Engr Segun OniÂ to the university, the legal luminaryÂ said thatÂ a lot of work has been done to ensure thatÂ a new set of students were admitted in this year
â€œIt was our hope that we would admit students in September, 2009. Unfortunately, due to the usual government bureaucracy, we are still expecting the provisional license.
â€œIt is one year exactly today when, at the instance of His Excellency, Governor Segun Oni, the turning of the sod ceremony was performed. I wish to express my sincere appreciation for his patriotic and sincere interest in this project. But for him, this project would have been in Oyo State .
â€œThose who witnessed the ceremony will recall that this place was a thick forest. Today, it is a thing of joy that with the help of God and the cooperation, dedication and industry of those who have worked day and night on this site, we have been able to turn the thick forest into a most beautiful city.
â€œThis is a feat which no individual or government (Federal or state) had achieved or can achieve within such a short time of seven months. It is therefore no surprise that when on the last visit of the NUC Screening Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU), they declared that our university is a model.