The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Professor Fasina Abayomi on Sunday, announced the institution’s plan to start academic programs at the College of Medicine by the next academic session in 2021 / 2022.
According to a press release co-signed by Foluso Ogunmodede, Head of Public Relations (PRO) and Wole Balogun, Special Advisor on Media Matters to the VC, Professor Fasina made the announcement on Friday during the registration ceremony of approximately 7,000 new FUOYE students. held at the main auditorium of the university at the first phase of the Oye-Ekiti campus.
Fasina, who was addressing students enrolled as the university’s fourth titular vice-chancellor, said their enrollment ceremony heralded the official take-off of three (new) additional faculties, namely Basic Medical Sciences, the design and management of the environment and pharmacy. He added that: “These accomplishments are no small feat in any way, given the age of our university; all the more so the short time during which I assumed the direction of the university (about eight months ago). The significance of this is that our university is on the right track, fulfilling one of its core mandates, as well as the vision and mission of its founder and funder, the Federal Government of Nigeria.
While assuring new students of quality higher education services, VC said: “To refresh our memories, at the heart of the establishment of the university is the non-negotiable issue of providing higher education services. quality and accessibility to the country’s booming youth. population. Our university has lived up to this responsibility with the rapid expansion in the number of faculties and academic programs. As a result, the university has gradually established itself as a magnet for future students in all states of the federation. It’s no wonder that in the latest JAMB results, our university ranked fifth among the most enrolled universities in Nigeria, with over 45,000 applicants, beating most first and second generation universities.
Afterwards, Professor Fasina appreciated the contributions of his predecessors to the growth of FUOYE, declaring: “For a young university like ours, this is commendable. I must thank and congratulate all those who made this possible in the shortest possible time: the University Board of Trustees under the leadership of Dr Lawan Yahuza, my predecessors as VC of FUOYE, the Deans and Directors, the heads of departments and units, professors, all staff members and students of FUOYE, friends of the university both at home and abroad; and of course the university management team under my leadership.
“Our goal is to build on this momentum and never rest on our oars until our university becomes one of the leading academic institutions in Nigeria and beyond. This is relevant because we are in the age of the knowledge economy, where ideas and innovations drive development.
“Needless to say, a solid basic academic training is at the heart of these processes. And when I speak of knowledge production, I am referring to a body of knowledge that is universal, but context-specific, relevant and applicable to our social formations, with the capacity to meet our daily development challenges in a sustainable manner. No nation thrives without such knowledge. No wonder the Holy Book says in Hosea (4: 6) that “my people perish for lack of knowledge”.
“As you embark on this interesting but stimulating adventure in search of knowledge, not knowledge for itself, but personal development and the advancement of humanity, I urge you all to embrace it. opportunity that this platform offers you to contribute to national development. From our side, we will always strive to provide you with an environment conducive to the realization of your potentials.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that you complete your studies on time. This, of course, comes with its own responsibilities both for the students and for the university. Both have to work programmatically, collaboratively, and sacrificially to make this happen. In making this commitment, we are not ignoring certain foreign variables beyond our control, in particular the instability of the school calendar.
“As ongoing partners, I urge today’s students enrolled to honor their Oath of Registration and the obligations that flow from it, including payment of all approved fees and registration. Without these essential first steps, you cannot fully realize your scholarship. I congratulate those who have completed these processes and urge others at different stages to accelerate actions, ”he said.
Urging new students to avoid social vices, the VC issued a warning, ordering new students to: “… obey our rules and regulations and be diligent in your studies. Avoid all forms of social vices including worship, sexual harassment, advance fee fraud and internet fraud, aka 419, exam malpractice, indecent clothing, etc. Our university has zero tolerance for these social and related vices. Always consult the student manual for guidance. I wish you the best.”
Fasina also revealed some of the University’s efforts to ensure that needy students have a sense of belonging. These efforts, he detailed them such as the NICON insurance scheme for the payment of tuition fees from which nearly 50 students have so far benefited, the work-study scheme which has just been set up as well. that the encouragement of the student administration to support the payment of the tuition fees of 25 new students who were having financial difficulties.
It also ensured new students a well-secured campus life, a conducive and well-equipped learning environment, and a sexual harassment-free environment for female students.
Among the top University officials who graced the August occasion were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Administration, Prof. Jeremiah Olusola Omotola, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Olusola Ojo, Acting Registrar, Mr. Mufutau Ibrahim, Interim Bursar. , Ms Omobola Debo-Ajagunna, University Librarian, Dr Busayo Isaac, Coordinator of Unified Tertiary Enrollment Exams (UTME), in Ekiti State, and Acting Director of Academic Planning, Dr Asogwa Chika as well as the deans of the faculties, The directors of various university directions and the dean of student affairs, Professor Dosu Malomo, among other dignitaries.
The event was hosted by the University’s reconstituted Ceremonies Committee, headed by Professor Tajudeen Opoola, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The committee also includes the Deans of Faculties, Interim Bursar, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, PRO, ICT Officer, Oye Campus and other prominent members at all levels.