EKITI STATE UNIVERSITY, ADO-EKITI
ADDRESS PRESENTED BY PROFESSOR SAMUEL OYE BANDELE, VICE-CHANCELLOR, EKSU AT THE PRESS BRIEFING FOR THE 21ST CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF EKITI STATE UNIVERSITY, HELD ON MONDAY 20TH JUNE, 2016
Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic
Deputy Vice Chancellor Development
The University Librarian
The Provost, College of Medicine
Deans of Faculties
The Chairman of Ceremonies Committee
All members of staff here present
Gentlemen of the Press
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to this Press Briefing. The purpose of the Press Briefing is to inform the whole world about the 21st Convocation Ceremony of Ekiti State University and intimate you with the activities lined up for marking the occasion.
It is imperative on occasion like this to inform you about the past, present and the prognostic future of the University.
Ekiti State University was founded 34 years ago by Ondo State Governor, Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin. The University has a chequered history of having its name changed four times which could be associated with political exigencies of the time. It was initially named Obafemi Awolowo University, Ado Ekiti but later it changed to Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti, University of Ado Ekiti and lately now, Ekiti State University. The initial plan of the founding fathers was to make the University a multi Campus University with Faculties scattered in the various geo-political zones of the former Ondo State, Ekiti state inclusive.
At the creation of Ekiti State in 1996 out of Ondo State, academic and non-academic staff of Ondo State extraction relocated to Akungba Akoko to establish Adekunle Ajasin University.
In July 2011, Ekiti State University became the name of the three State Universities namely, University of Ado Ekiti, University of Science, Ifaki and Technology and The University of Education, Ikere Ekiti consolidated together to become one at Ado Ekiti.
The University has 11 Faculties comprising 69 Departments and academic support units, the Colleges of Medicine and Postgraduate Studies with an enrolment of 17,600 full time students, 2,347 postgraduates Students and 2000 Sandwich programme. We are also affiliated with a number of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Since I assumed duty on 2nd December, 2015 as the Seventh Substantive Vice-Chancellor, it has been a story of optimism, transformation and accomplishments in the University. This has been in line with the vision statement of “Transparent pursuit of a 21st Century globally acclaimed University that will excel in academics, research culture and moral value”
A state of emergency was declared in some key sectors of the University affecting:
(a)Examination and Records Department for delay in issuance of transcripts, certificates and
Notification of results
(b) Directorate of Information and Communication Technology
(c) Directorate of Physical Planning
(d) Directorate of Works and Services
(e) Directorate of Procurement
(f) Directorate of Health Services
(g) Directorate of Part Time Programmes and
(h) EKSU Ventures
The University has started witnessing tremendous progress in the operations of the affected sectors.
Our entire academic programmes have been positively changed while advancing the frontiers of knowledge through the convocation of Academic and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Summits, the first of its kind in the history of the University.
Far reaching decisions were reached and they have become part of the templates for the transformation agenda of the administration. EKSU is poised to producing academically sound, creative and entrepreneurial students who will be equipped with skills needed for self survival in the larger society.
The IGR Summit had no doubt impacted on the revenue drive of the University through the rejuvenation of some ventures. Before the year wraps up, EKSU Natural Table Water would have become a household commodity while the block making industry had commenced production on a very large scale. Needless to say that the Faculty of Agriculture, in an enterprising fashion has begun sales of beef, pork, broilers and palm oil to expand the business portfolios of the University, this is aside the Consultancy service that the University renders.
Our university as centre of education and learning must constantly engage with our national challenges and should be sufficiently strong and dynamic to effectively combat the challenges. Hence, the establishment of Directorate of Human Capital Development to cater for the teeming population yearning for acquisition of knowledge to have a feel of tertiary education for the enhancement of their professions. Faculty of Management Sciences would commence academic programmes in Marketing, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Insurance and Cooperative Studies.
Giant strides have been made in the information and Communication Technology Department in the University in collaboration with the Portal Managers of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife and the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB),. We achieved for the first time full registration of first and second semesters’ courses of all students in the University Portal for 2015/2016 Academic Session which made it possible for students to register for their courses where ever they are in the world. We were beneficiaries of SNEPCO Cybercafé in 2010 but had the network cables damaged due to rats invasion since 2013. The damaged cables had been replaced through the installation of wireless cards thus making the computer systems now perform maximally.
Another achievement worthy of mention was the upgrading of students’ results into the University Website for parents/guardians to have unfettered access to the academic performance of their wards besides using the University as the Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre for Jamb e-testing in Ekiti State. The institution is not resting on its oars in catching up with the rest of the global academic community as it has begun the process of digitalization of students’ academic records from 1986 till date courtesy of the students’ Data Rescue Task Force.
Efforts have been made by the University to make learning environment on the campus to be more attractive in its municipal services through settling debts owed BEDC which necessitated the reconnection of the University to the National Grid which had reduced the amount expended on diesel. Water supply in the University has been reticulated and rehabilitation of the main entrance’ dual carriage road on-going, renovation of 38 Lecture theater/room with modern tiles and Lecture Boards cutting across Faculties of Arts, Science and Education. Currently, construction works are on-going in the Engineering Workshops, Academic Offices, Faculty of Arts Building Complex, Faculty of Science’ 4 in 1 Lecture Halls, Gender and Development Centre, E-Centre and Central laboratory.
A process to turn EKSU to a residential University for students to improve the academic culture has begun with a Public-Private-Partnership arrangement for the construction of 20,000 bed spaces hostel.
The University is not relenting on building bridges of relationships and networks with notable international organization, we have established and continued to maintain global partnership with universities that represent beacons of good practice internationally, these include: University of Nothingham (UK), University of Glasgow (Scotland) Texas Southern University, USA, University of Wollong, Australia, University of Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa and Arizona State University, USA just to mention a few.
The institution’s location at the interior of the country’s geographical landscape has not hindered its accessibility to the global community, as we have been beneficiaries of a number of corporate social responsibility projects, including establishing partnership with the African Union through ECOSOG for the purpose of building an ICT complex furnished with state of the art ICT equipment. The University received a wide Area Network (WAN) ICT equipment worth millions of naira from Dr Dehinde Olatunji, a 1989 Almnus set of the University.
All these have translated into academic excellence as the University has recorded heartwarming accomplishments both locally and internationally in the following areas:-
- A Lecturer’s paper was declared the best paper in a London International Conference of Education
- EKSU students emerged third best in the inter-University national oratory Competition
- EKSU students came 1st in the National Bar Part II examinations
- Faculty of Agricultural Sciences students won the inter-university debate among 18 other Universities in the country.
- In the world of Sports, a 100 Level student won gold and bronze medals in the World Junior’s Table Tennis Championships in Algeria. She will be representing Nigeria in South Africa later in the year.
The Management of the University realized the significance of staff as the engine room for the day-to-day running of the administration and as such had made it a matter of policy to be paying staff’s wages as at when due even in the face of the precarious economic situation in the country. Promotion were being done as at when due, staff training has been a matter of priority and staff would be motivated at the end of each year with the “Best staff Award for those that have distinguished themselves in their chosen duties.
Miss Tosin Oribamise’s education has been taken over by the university in the sponsorship of her education through scholarship till her graduation.
Taking cognizance of the number of failed courses within an academic year which could hinder the academic progress of students, the University had introduced a Summer school/Make up test programme. This would enable students to re-sit for their failed courses during the Semester break and as such help them. This would assist them not to spend more than necessary period for acquisition of their University degrees.
The 2016 Convocation
The 21st Convocation of the Ekiti State University has been scheduled for Monday, 20th to Saturday, 25th June, 2016. The event would formalize the graduation of the following:
3,054 fulltime students, 392 Sandwich students, 10,613 Affiliates Colleges’ Students and a total of 3,937 Part-Time Programme Students. Of the full time students, two of our Graduands emerged as the best graduating students with the CGPA of 4.73 from the Faculties of Engineering and Management Sciences respectively. But the tradition of the University demands that only one student must be so recognized and honoured, hence the University Academic Award Committee delved into the details of their results and determined the eventual winner.
It is gratifying to note that at this year’s convocation, a total of 689 candidates will be conferred with various higher degrees and postgraduates’ diploma. Of the total number, 78 are being awarded the Ph.D Degree, 366 Masters, and 127 Professional Masters while 118 are receiving the Postgraduate Diploma.
Programme of Events for the 21st Convocation Ceremonies are as follows
MONDAY, 20TH JUNE, 2016
Vice-Chancellor’s Press Briefing
Venue: Senate Chamber
TUESDAY, 21ST JUNE, 2016
Venue: Main Auditorium
Time: 12.00 noon
WEDNESDAY, 22ND JUNE, 2016
THURSDAY, 23RD JUNE, 2016
- Convocation Lecture
Title: University Administration: The Role of Stakeholders
Venue: University Main Auditorium
- Vice-Chancellor’s Night
Venue: 3000 Lecture Theatre
Time: 3:00 p.m
FRIDAY, 24TH JUNE, 2016
- Investiture of the Chancellor
- Conferment of First Degrees and Award of Prizes
Venue: University Main Auditorium
Time: 10:00 a.m
- Alumni Night (Edutainment)
Venue: 3000 Lecture Theatre
Time: 4:00 p.m
SATURDAY, 25TH JUNE, 2016
Award of Honorary Degrees, Award of Higher Degrees,
Postgraduate Diploma and Prizes
- Venue:University Main Auditorium
I seize this opportunity to thank you for your coverage of this Press briefing and acknowledge the support of friends of EKSU who have supported us so far in the journey of making the future of Nigeria better in its academic and research endeavours.
Thanks and God bless.
Professor Samuel Oye Bandele
Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti