The Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Professor Samuel Oye Bandele, has made a solemn pledge that he would continue to be on the side of students in their bid to become future leaders even as he promised to be in the fore-front of the fight corruption in Nigerian Universities.
He made the declaration inside the Senate Chamber of EKSU shortly after being conferred with the award of 2016 Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award on Administration and Most Outstanding Person on Education and Humanitarian Services Par-Excellence in West Africa by the West African Students Union (WASU).
Professor Bandele said that Vice Chancellors and Lecturers in Universities should train and prepare students for future challenges which will enable them pay back to the country and their Alma Mater positively. “What type of future leaders are you producing when your students graduate with pass or third class grades?” “How do you want them to contribute to the country or your University after their graduation when they did not come out with good grades?, the Vice Chancellor queried.
He, therefore, urged other Vice Chancellors and Lecturers as well as Non-teaching staff of Universities to join him in this crusade of training students that would be useful in future for the development of our Nation.
Professor Bandele who made the comments during his acceptance speech of the award given to him by WASU, further stressed that corruption or misuse of funds would not be tolerated in Ekiti State University and enjoined other Vice Chancellors to join in the fight against such abuse in tertiary institutions.
Dedicating the award to the entire household of Ekiti State University, Professor Bandele said that the award would propel him to do more in the field of education and humanitarian services not only in the university but elsewhere.
Presenting the award, the Secretary General of WASU, Mr. Emmanuel Sobio said that the award KWAME NRUMAR LEADERSHIP AWARD OF EXCELLENCE was in recognition of Professor Bandele’s unblemished contributions in the field of education, nation building, a relentless apostle of an ideal democratic institution as well as youths and student’s emancipator.
Mr. Sobio further said that Professor Bandele qualified for the award because he is a prudent public servant, community leader, a peace advocate and a man with magnificent experience.
With this award, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele joined the league of personalities such as: John Kuffour, former President of Ghana; Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of Nigeria; Abdulganiyu Ambali, Vice Chancellor University of Ilorin; Aare Afe Babalola, founder Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti and General Theophilus Y Danjuma among others.
The occasion was attended by hundreds of members of staff of Ekiti State University including Principal Officers of the institution.