EKSU 23rd Convocation: “It’s been a story of optimism, transformation and accomplishments”-

Professor Bandele

The Vice-Chancellor of the Ekiti State University, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele has recounted the laudable
achievements of his administration in the past few years. This, he claimed has been in linewith his vision
statement which is “Transparent pursuit of a 21st Century globally acclaimed University that will excel
in academics, research culture and moral value”while acknowledging the support of the Executive
Governor of the state, Dr. Ayodele Fayose, the members of the council team and other stakeholders.
Speaking on the 23rd convocation ceremonies of the University, Prof Bandele revealed that the
University would confer honorary degrees on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. The Ooni
will bag Doctorate degree in Public Administration alongside five other notable Nigerians including the
Odoba of Ado-Ekiti, High Chief Alex Ajayi. Other awardees are: Mr. Biodun Olusegun Adedapo, Dr.
Olasehinde Olatunji, Mr. Israel Ovirih and Dr Falil Abina.
The Vice-Chancellor who addressed the press inside the University’s old senate chamber on the
19 th of June noted that the University has 11 Faculties, 79 Departments, Colleges of Medicine and
Postgraduate studies alongside academic support units with an enrolment of 17, 600 full time students.
He hinted the University has been remarkably transformed with the help of the internally generated
revenue. The Vice-Chancellor revealed that 49 graduands will bag first class, 1,789 second class upper,
5,189 second class lower, 2,704 third class while 65 have pass.
Prof Bandele averred that his administration ensured the introduction of new ventures together
with the rejuvenation of old and moribund ventures and this has gone a long way to expand the business
portfolio of the University thereby making the Student Work Study Initiative possible. According to the
Vice-chancellor, “the Work Study Initiative was introduced to assist indigent students and encourage
entrepreneurship where students were engaged in both classroom study and part-time jobs for monthly
stipends”. He also revealed that the products of the ventures have attained a remarkable brand status in
Ekiti.
Amongst the myriads of achievements, EKSU was able to get full accreditation for 38 courses by
the NUCand got full accreditation status of Advanced Clinical stages of EKSU College of Medicine
from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN),EKSU scholars in various foreign institutions
recorded academic feats thereby uplifting the image of Ekiti State University. According to the Vice-
Chancellor, academic staff members were able to attract grants from international bodies for research
purposes.
Prof Bandele further revealed that Ekiti State University was able to consummate linkages with
the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Association of Business Executives (UK), International Center for
Research and Language Studies, Togo; University of Nottingham (UK), Auburn University (USA)
during his tenure as the 7th substantive Vice-chancellor.
On students’ activities, the Vice-Chancellor said EKSU students scored high on several fronts
coming first in Agricultural Media Competition, first in a debate organized by International Forestry
Students Association and best director of films/stage play at the Theatre and Media Arts performance in
Jos. In sports, Prof Bandele stated that EKSU students won one gold medal, 2 silver medals and sixteen
bronze medals at NUGA games; 6 medals in table tennis and Judo among others.
Also, the administration was able to achieve the commissioning of certain projects that helped to
promote the status of the University; among them are theentrepreneurship workshop; Directorate of Part
Time Programme lecture theatre building; water projects donated by IHS Global Network and the
commissioning of staff union buildings.