By Emmanuel Edukugho
Lead City University, Ibadan, held its 2nd Convocation Ceremony last Friday in which another set of â€œenterprise graduatesâ€ were launched into the world at large and Nigeria in particular.
In an address delivered by the Vice-chancellor, Professor Johnson Bandele Aladekomo, he said the ceremony is in the tradition of older universities in different countries of the world.
â€œIt marks the important event in which those who have received instructions from the senior scholars, studied, passed prescribed examinations and are judged worthy in character receive their degrees and diplomas as may be appropriate.â€
Aladekomo recalled that at the convocation ceremony of last year, a detailed account of the growth, development and achievements that occurred within the University from its inception till the beginning of December 2008 was reported in his address. Since that time, more progress and development have taken place.
He summarised the additional physical development.
More physical structures have been put in place. With nine additional buildings completed since the middle of last year, our campus which is situated on a lovely hill side located off the former toll gate area of the Ibadan_Lagos expressway constitutes a delight to behold. The buildings which have been effectively occupied since May last year include:
The new Central Administration block which covers an area of approximately 1,800
sq meters and houses the offices of Principal Officers such as the Chairman of Council, the Vice_Chancellor, Registrar, Bursar and all administrative staff attached to them.
The Library Complex which contains a space of about 1,200 sq meters and is capable of sitting about 1,000 readers at a time.
Additional hostels for both male and female students and attached flatlets for hostel masters and mistresses.
The occupancy of each student room is three and each room has toilet and washing facilities. There are rooms in these hostels to take at least 900 students.
The new three-floor Law Faculty building, designed and built to meet all the requirements specified in the NUC benchmarks has been completed in the zone 3 portion of the campus.
It is fully in use having been commissioned earlier this year by the Hon Justice Tayo Onalaja. More on this are to come later in this address.
A chain of lecture rooms of different sizes which are suitable for seminars, lectures and tutorial classes. Ã²Ã²Ã²â€™Ã²Ã²Â Â Â A bank building donated by Skye Bank PicÂ Â Â !Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ã²
In addition to all these, there is a Sports Centre Complex consisting of a standard football field tennis and basket ball courts, indoor facilities for sports and games.
The provision of these amenities is in keeping with the awareness of the University authorities that sports and games are essential ingredients for balanced education and healthy living of students.
An animal house designed for the use of the Biological Science Departments is also nearing completion.
In the zone 3 portion of the campus,1 a complex of buildings to house the Postgraduate School and a separate Chapel building with capacity for 800 worshippers are under construction. They will be reported upon at a later date.