Olubadan Odulana, One Of UI’s Greatest Icons – Professor Olayinka

OlubadanThe Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan has described the late Olubadan of Ibadan Land, Oba Samuel Odulana (Odugade I), as one of the University’s quintessential icons.

The late Olubadan was one of the natives who was instrumental to the release of the land on which the University of Ibadan was built to the colonial government.

Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka made the disclosure in a statement by the University’s Director of Public Communication, Mr Olatunji Oladejo.

He said that the premier institution was eternally grateful to Oba Odulana for his wonderful contributions to the sustainable growth of the University.

“Right from the beginning of the institution, he showed tremendous interest in the activities of the institution and will remain one of the towering figures in the history of the University of Ibadan,” the Vice Chancellor stated.

Describing him as one of the pillars of the modern Ibadan and Nigeria, Professor Olayinka added that “even when he was frail in health, he continued to encourage the enthronement of good governance in Nigeria through intellectual discourses and contributions”.

The academic recalled that it was in recognition of the late monarch’s invaluable contributions to all strata of education in Nigeria that the University honoured him with an honorary degree (LL.D) in 2010.

“Oba Odulana helped to build a generation of hardworking, decent and transparent Nigerians through his services in many capacities as a teacher, public administrator, soldier and politician. We are encouraged by the fact that he was an uncommon gift to the education family and humanity,”he said while stressing that his immense legacy would continue to be a guiding light to future generation.

Speaking on behalf of the council, Senate, congregation, management, staff and students of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olayinka commiserated with the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; the National President, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Chief Wole Akinwande and the good people of Ibadan on the death of the great monarch.

Health Minister Asks FMC Owerri Workers To Resume Work

Minister-of-Health-Professor-Isacc-AdewaleThe Minister of Health, Professor Isacc Adewale, has directed all staff of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri to resume work.

The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan gave the directive in company of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Health, Honourable Chike Okafor.

Professor Adewale said that the directive was to take immediate effect after he inaugurated an interim administrative committee to oversee the hospital’s management.

According to him, the committee would review events that led to the industrial unrest that shut the hospital in the last eight months in Imo State, southeast Nigeria.

Both the Minister and lawmaker urged the aggrieved workers to place patients ahead of any personal interests.

Presidential Intervention

The workers had earlier in the year asked for President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention before he was sworn-in as President.

Asking him to look into the activities affecting the staff and patients of the health institution, they accused the board and management of the FMC Owerri of allegedly concluding plans to privatise and commercialise some key departments in the institution.

They alleged that having succeeded in privatising the mortuary, transport, security and laundry departments, there were plans to privatise other departments, especially the laboratory and pharmacy departments.

They subsequently called for the removal of the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Angela Uwakwe, accusing her of financial misappropriation, high-handedness and victimising staff that were against her proposal of privatisation.

Dr. Uwakwe at the time debunked the accusations that the management was trying to privatise the entire hospital, noting that it was just some units.

She said that the board was still meeting to ratify the proposed privatisation, insisting that it was a proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) to make the hospital services more efficient and effective.

In a bid to find a lasting solution to the rift between the management and staff, the FMC Owerri Board Chairman, Sen Onyeka Okoroafor, said that the board had decided to drop the privatisation plans.

He added that the FMC board had also reversed the query letters given to staff in the course of the feud between the management and staff of the centre.