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UI VICE-CHACELLOR, PROF. ABEL IDOWU OLAYINKA RECEIVES PROVOST, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, LAUDED FOR HIS LEADERSHIP QUALITY.

2020-09-23
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, has been commended for bringing his emotional intelligence to bear on his administration. The commendation was made by the Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Olayinka O. Omigbodun when she led a delegation of the College on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor. She described the Vice-Chancellor as approachable and a problem-solver noting that these traits were responsible for his achievements in the last five years. Professor Omigbodun said the visit was in fulfilment of an aspect of the Togetherness Agenda of her campaign. According to her, improving the relationship between the College and the main campus was her major campaign promise. While noting that the busy schedule of the staff of the College had hampered efforts at ensuring synergy with the main campus in the past, Professor Omigbodun affirmed her determination to address this problem. She pointed out that through multidisciplinary research, community outreach and other innovative activities, the relationship between the College and the main campus could be enhanced greatly. The Provost, who came with top management team of the College of Medicine promised to work towards making the College an integral part of the University. In presenting a catalogue of demands to the Vice-Chancellor, the Provost solicited the support of the Vice-Chancellor especially with regards to infrastructural rehabilitation and provision of new facilities. She spoke specifically about inadequate space to accommodate programme expansion and staff of the College and the need for hostel accommodation for students of the College as a requirement for accreditation. She also spoke about the leaking College library which she described as the best in the country and the dilapidating Clinical Sciences building. Responding, the Vice-Chancellor , Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka described the visit as a family meeting adding that it was gratifying that in spite of the exceptional circumstances the world is faced with as a result of Corona virus pandemic, the College of Medicine has been up and doing. He identified with the major problems of the College as highlighted by the Provost with a promise to intervene as resources improve. The Vice-Chancellor described the entire University as one unit. He said most of the problems were common to all the units of the University and craved the understanding of all as efforts are being made to address these problems. In his words, these problems are a matter of on going discussion noting that the important thing is to optimise the resources available. Whatever can be done, he said, will receive our attention through prioritization. Accompanying the Provost on the visit were top management staff of the College, including the Deputy Provost, COMUI, Prof. Fatai Adeniyi, the College Secretary, COMUI, Dr Ikeoluwapo Moody, the Financial Controller, COMUI, Mrs Foluwakemi Ajayi, the Acting Librarian, Medical Library, COMUI, Dr. Grace A. Ajuwon, Dean, Basic Medical Sciences, Prof. S. B. Olaleye, Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Prof Mayowa Owolabi Also present at the courtesy call were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof Adebola Ekanola,, Director, University Advancement Centre, Mr. A.A. Adeosun, Director, Directorate of Public Communication, Mr O.M. Oladejo and Deputy Registrar, (VC's office), Mr Oluwole Dada.