Technical University Ibadan Matriculates 190 Pioneer Students

Technical University (Tech U) located in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Friday matriculated 190 pioneer students of the institution.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state also inaugurated (Dr) Tunde Afolabi as the institution’s first Chancellor and Chairman of Council.

The Technical University had earlier started academic activities in January 2018 with 150 students while 40 others joined at the eve of matriculation.

The technical University is set up to raise technical giants and a new league of entrepreneurs who will become employers of labour and reduce youth unemployment in the county.

Tech-U has regular study period of between four-five years with two faculties. The Faculties include Engineering and Technology and the Faculty of Natural sciences.

It also has 15 National Universities Commission (NUC) accredited courses and a language centre where French is compulsory for every student as a second language. Every student is mandated to take two skills in any field of artisanship along with any course of their choice and must be certified in such skills before they graduate.

Senator Ajimobi during the matriculation asked the newly inaugurated Chancellor and the Council of the foremost university to begin work on maintaining effective partnership within and outside the country for the benefit of the students as well as work towards self-sustenance as the government had done its bit in establishing the institution on a Public-Private-Partnership model.

He called on the council and management of Tech-U to recruit first class academic staffers to equip students with managerial skills that are of international standard.

“We charge the Chancellor who has all it takes in experience and connection, alongside the council with the management of this institution to provide exceptional educational experience for students by creating ambience for recruitment of high-calibre staff for teaching and learning.

“I admonish you, students, to see this opportunity as a rare and historical and make the best of it. I went to a public secondary school and my parents were not financially buoyant, but today, I am the governor. With this advantage you have today, you are expected to be at the forefront of leadership in our country and the world tomorrow.

“I am here to encourage you. Let no one put you down,” the governor said.

The matriculating students of the University.

The Chancellor, Tunde Afolabi in his remarks appreciated Governor Ajimobi for appointing him for the role of piloting the ship of Tech-U, promising to do his best to make the institution a household name in the nearest future.

He announced his readiness to establish AMNI International Institute of Energy and Petroleum Technology which he said would take immediate effect as well as the establishment of an annual lecture series which would attract professionals of international repute of which a turning of sod was done after the installation ceremony.

The Vice-Chancellor of Tech-U, Professor Ayobami Salami in his address, said the pioneer students that were matriculating were 190 in number and that the university had already discovered about ten inherent vocational skills among the first set of students for which an enabling environment for honing of the skills was being provided.

Stakeholders in education like former Head of Service to the Federal Government including Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Tola Oyediran, Bode Amoo, Ajibola Afonja, Lekan Aare, Jacob Ajeigbe among others were at the event.   

Oyo State Governor/Visitor to The Technical University, Ibadan, Abiola Ajimobi; pioneer Chancellor of the university, Chief Tunde Afolabi; and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, during the installation of the chancellor and first matriculation ceremony of the university, at the institution’s library hall, Ibadan on Friday, March 9.

Oyo Govt. Appoints Salami As Tech-U Pioneer VC

Professor Ayobami Salami

The Oyo State Government has announced the appointment of Professor Ayobami Salami, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Technical University, Ibadan.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, who made this announcement in a statement on Monday evening, said, the Governor of the State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi approved the appointment of Prof. Salami with immediate effect for a term of five years.

According to the statement, Prof. Salami was until his appointment, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Director, Institute of Ecology and Environmental studies at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

The statement described the new Tech-U VC as a widely travelled scholar and internationally sought after environmental consultant with previous teaching and research experience in University of the Gambia, The Gambia; University of Dar es Sallam, Tanzania and International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Alli explained that Tech-U, a newly licensed tertiary institution situated in an industrial hub of the state Free Trade Zone designed to accommodate 175 manufacturing concerns, was an initiative of the Oyo State Government to train students on practical experience of their scholastic activities.

He added that the University is founded on the principle of unique innovation, research collaboration, exceptional service, integrity, excellence and the uplifting of human conditions.

According to him, Tech-U is committed to the efficient and responsible use of science, technology, engineering and innovation in solving societal problems, while maintaining a culture of entrepreneurship anchored on quality programmes that are responsive and financially suitable, adding that the University is expected to commence full academic activities in September 2017.

“The University’s mission is to cultivate a cadre of technical professionals, with requisite entrepreneurial skills, capable of creating jobs and employment.

“This will be done by imparting sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various trades and disciplines to students.

“The focus is to provide the training and learning environments that will produce exceptional graduates who are socially-conscious and technically-competent,” Mr Alli stated.

Oyo Postpones Take-Off Of Technical Varsity.

OYO STATE2The Oyo State Government has announced the postponement of the formal take-off of its Technical University, Ibadan, attributing it to the security situation in the country.

The development was announced at a joint press conference held at the State Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ismael Alli and the Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi.

It would be recalled that the university, established by the state government, had hither to been scheduled to formally take-off with the admission of its new set of students in September 2014.

However, the SSG, at the press briefing, said that the institution would not be able to commence academic activities in September 2014 as earlier scheduled due to the recent upsurge and spread of insurgency resulting in general insecurity across the country.

He said that all the necessary arrangements had been put in place towards the take-off of the university in September part of which he said was the arrival of advance parties of the partner institution, that is, the Texas Technical University of the United States of America in April this year.

Mr. Alli, however, said that the advance parties were recalled by the partner institution in USA towards the end of last month, thus necessitating the shift in the take-off of the institution.

“We have mutually agreed to watch the security development until January next year when we would review the situation and determine an appropriate take-off date,’’ the SSG said, adding, however, that the infrastructural development currently going on in the campuses of the university at Ajoda New Town, Egbeda and on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would go on unhindered.

Also speaking, Prof. Afolabi assured that the university would rank among the best in the world, given the arrangement being put in place by both the state government and the Technical University of Texas to provide an exceptional educational experience for students as well as ambience for teaching and learning.

Prof. Afolabi, a former Head of Service of the Federation, said that the university would be run on a public-private partnership (PPP) which he said would enhance its sustainability and make it distinct from other universities in Nigeria.