All members of staff in Ekiti State University have been told to see all students of the university as those who need proper guidance and mentoring to make them true leaders of tomorrow.
The advice came from the Vice-chancellor of the University, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele at the first –ever academic summit of the university during his opening remarks.
Professor Bandele said that if students are properly taught and mentored, they would become good ambassadors of the university in the future. He warned that the University would, no longer tolerate unnecessary delays in years of graduation for students adding that all lecturers must be up and doing and stop imposing undue sanctions on students. “There is no joy in failing students if your students fail, you are a failure”, the V-C stressed.
Also, the Vice-Chancellor said that indiscipline would not be tolerated among the students’ population in as much as the students would be given their rights and privileges.
Speaking on the motive behind the summit, the Vice-Chancellor said that it was to make EKSU a Centre of Excellence in academic, research and management matters. According to him, the report of the summit will definitely help in restructuring the several strategic areas of the university.
The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Femi Bamiro who was one of those that delivered papers at the summit spoke extensively on building a world-class and service-intensive university. He urged Nigerian Universities to brace up to the challenges of the future, particularly, in the area of research. He also called the various alumni associations of universities to support their former institutions in cash and kind noting that paucity of funds could be a clog in the wheel of progress of institutions becoming world-class.
The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Bamitale Omole delivered the keynote address at the opening session. He was represented by the Dean of the faculty of Education of OAU, Professor Olu Jegede. The theme of the summit is “Imperatives of Building a World-Class Academic Citadel of Learning”.