BY IKENNA ASOMBA
Impressed by the judi-cious use of the funds approved over the last five years to it by its Visitor, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, last Wednesday, commended the management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, assuring that it will not hesitate to facilitate the approval of more funds for completion of other projects in the school.
The newly-inaugurated seven-man committee gave this assurance when its Chairman, Hon. Adeyinka Banso led a delegation on a familiarisation visit to the university, as part of its oversight functions.
Stating that the university must not rest on its oars in keying into the vision and transformation agenda of the Visitor, Banso said: “We are very proud that this university is really doing a lot and making us proud. There are so many justifications for the funds that the House of Assembly had appropriated for this university. The array of projects that you have executed with what we are giving to the university goes on to say that you have used judiciously the little we have given you, and so we will not have any hesitation to give you more.”
Another member, Hon. Fidelis Akinwolemiwa, who is also the Chairman of Finance and Appropriation of the Assembly added, “I want to assure you of our cooperation in every way possible, particularly, at the appropriation level where I happen to be the chairman.”
Responding to the request of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, to facilitate the quick completion of the hostels being sponsored by the Ondo State Oil- Producing Area Development Commission, OSOPADEC, and the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Hon. Akinwolemiwa said, “I want to assure you that we will try our best to sell your plight to OSOPADEC and other agencies.”
Earlier in his address, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, who received the committee on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Femi Mimiko, who is representing the state at the on-going National Conference, had described the visit as a demonstration of the staunch interest of the committee in the university and its love for higher education development in the state.
He said: “We would continue to require and solicit your continued support so that together, we will achieve the vision of the founding fathers of this university, to be a foremost university that moves manpower development in the direction of self-apprenticeship, a first-class university in research, knowledge, character and service to humanity, and accomplish our mantra, which is Building a 21st Century University.”