The Chairman, Bi-Courtney Limited, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN) has called on pro-chancellors to be visionary and committed to the development of education, saying that, “pro-chancellors should be willing to invest huge personal resources into achieving desired goals without expecting any kind of reward.”
This selflessness, stakeholders in education sector including President Goodluck Jonathan, had observed in Wale Babalakin whom they described as one of the pillars of education in the country.
It will be recalled that in President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent media chat, he described Babalakin as the person that has been helping the Federal Government to “stabilize the universities.”
Also, the leadership of the two central unions in tertiary institutions, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the NonAcademic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), has, on various occasions, acknowledged Babalakin’s role in bringing them to terms with the government.
At the recent inauguration of ASUU’s national headquarters in Abuja, its immediate past president, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, praised Babalakin for the “unprecedented understanding and passion he has shown for the university’s cause, particularly in his role as the chairman of the Federal Government/ASUU Implementation Monitoring Committee.”
Similarly, his counterpart in NASU, Mrs. Ladi Iliya, noted at the recent inauguration of the union’s own national headquarters in Abuja that Babalakin had always responded positively to the union whenever it called on him for support, adding; “Dr. Babalakin is not just here for us today as a person, but also as the chairman of the implementation committee of our agreement with the Federal Government.
“He has always been there for us. We have been working with him for some time. His word is his bond. If he says he will be somewhere, you can be sure he will be there.”
Also as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of UNIMAID, it is on record that Babalakin coordinated the construction of a multi-million naira independent power project, which currently guarantees 20 hours uninterrupted electricity supply to the institution.
Besides, he has also donated over N13 million to the university to execute various projects, including over N12 million for the upgrading of its library in 2010 and also purchased stethoscopes for indigent students of the university’s college of medicine.