By Sikiru Akinola
The Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. ‘Tale Omole, has commisioned the Great Ife bread and confectionery bakery.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Biodun Olarewaju, the VC, who said that having a bakery was a step in the right direction, challenged the management of OAU Investement Company Limited, OAUICL, to be in the forefront of integrating cassava flour in baking bread as being advocated by the Minister of Agriculture and an alumnus, Dr. Adesina Akinkunmi.
Eulogising the enviable virtues of the chairman of OAUICL, Dr. John Agboola Odeyemi, Omole described him as an industrious and enterprising man who is willing to try out new ways of doing and achieving things which have resulted in the great success recorded by OAUICL.
Odeyemi, in his welcome address, said “the Great Ife Bread and Confectionery would extend its market across South West and Abuja, and OAUICL as a conglomerate would continually contribute its own quota towards the satisfaction of human needs, provide employment to teeming Nigerian youths in the labour market and to OAU.”
The Managing Director of OAUICL, Mr. Adenrele Adeyemi, in his welcome address observed that the mission of the OAUICL has always been the provision of essential goods and services for healthy and comfortable living of staff, students and the university community and Nigeria.
He thanked the magnanimity of the VC for the release of substantial amount of fund in facilitating the operation of the OAUICL Bakery.