AKUNGBA AKOKO – Prof. Femi Mimiko, the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA ), has donated part of his allowance from the National Conference in Abuja to the university’s scholarship scheme for indigent students.
Mimiko announced this on Wednesday at a reception held in his honour for his roles at the four-month National Conference held in Abuja.
He said that it was part of the demonstration of his avowed belief that education should be for all, irrespective of one’s background.
“There is a particular programme that is so dear to my heart and I know that there are so many indigent students on our campus.
“Under the University Advancement Office, we had thought of floating a scholarship scheme into which we will pull funds from everywhere.
“And I can see that in the future, the funds will be so big that every student that has the need will be able to draw from it.
“I had decided before I left Abuja to donate part of my allowance into the scheme’s account as a seed fund to support indigent students of AAUA,” Mimiko said.
The vice chancellor expressed delight that the students were going about their activities smoothly.
“It is good that members of staff and students have kept the campus clean and green. I give kudos to all on this.”
He advised the students, especially their leaders to always appreciate the critical place of leadership and have the courage to make hard choices that would define their future for good.
“At all times, leaders must consider the wider implications of all their actions and what all of these mean for their constituents.
“Your mission should be how to contribute to the stability of your university. It was not for nothing that AAUA was rated the best state university in Nigeria in 2013,” he said.
Mimiko promised that the university would further pay attention to issues that were of critical importance to students.
On the epileptic power supply ravaging Akungba community where huge population of students were resident and other student-related issues, the vice chancellor said there would be intervention soon.
“We will seek ways of working with the community to intervene in the electricity situation in the town.
“We will keep upgrading our infrastructure.
“As a matter of fact, we may be able to have a few more classrooms for use during the upcoming semester examinations.
“On transportation, we may be able to deploy a few more tricycles to ease movement around the campus.
“We are going to explore the possibility of constructing a number of Bus Relaxation Centres on the road to the Umaru Yar’Ardua Lecture Theatre.
“We are also recruiting more medical doctors at the health centre to reduce waiting time for staff and students,” he opined.
He, therefore, thanked the Deputy Vice Chancellor for holding the fort successfully and appreciated other principal officers, members of staff and students for their support and cooperation.
Mimiko highlighted some of the core recommendations of the confab and said the university would create a platform on which the take-home from the National Conference would be discussed.
In his speech, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, who held the fort for four months, welcomed and congratulated the Mimiko on behalf of the entire university community on his successful participation in the confab and his safe return home.
Ajayi described Mimiko as a highly resourceful academic leader and an astute administrator “that is full of innovative ideas and a painstaking listener.’’(NAN)