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UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN - TAKING GIANT STRIDES TOWARDS ENSURING CONDUCIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.

2020-10-05
The present administration of Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka has again demonstrated its resolve to provide a conducive environment to enhance teaching and learning in the University. Most recent in the management's success story in this regard was the commissioning of 3 landmark projects on campus in September 2020. These projects include the construction of the Mathematics Laboratory, the construction of the Pedestrian Walkway Bridge at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall and the development of Pig Farrowing Pen and Weaver Grower units at the Teaching and Research Farm (1&2). Speaking at the commissioning of the Mathematics Laboratory, Prof. E.O. Ayoola of the Mathematics department stated that the Laboratory was a basic requirement for the teaching of Computation Mathematics, especially at the Post Graduate level. He also added that the Building would also help to ease the inadequacy of office spaces. The FGN Needs assessment building project consists of a well equipped Laboratory, Seminar rooms, offices as well as computer systems. At the commissioning of the Pedestrian Walkway Bridge at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall, the Dean of students ( who himself was a resident of Zik hall in his students days in UI) expressed his great delight at the construction of the bridge. Recounting his experience as a student, he stated that the newly constructed bridge would relieve students who live in Azikiwe, Awolowo, Independence and Queen Idia Halls the stress they go through in getting to the school area. He affirmed that the bridge would provide easy and fast access for these set of students, thereby enabling a condusive environment for them to learn. The 60m long bridge which records high traffic on a daily basis, according to the consultant, Engr. Familusi, has a raft foundation in order to make it secure, and ramp to enable physically challenged students pass through easily. While commissioning the bridge, the Vice Chancellor, Prof A.I Olayinka, FAS, recalled how he was inspired to construct the bridge while driving past in the recent past, not knowing that it would have such a great impact. While reiterating what a great impact the bridge would have on the students, the Azikiwe Hall chairman, Emaraobhazi Aquah, in his remark, stated that not only would the bridge enhance access to the school area, it will also serve as a unifying factor among the halls that use the bridge. At the Teaching and Research Farm, the Director, Prof A.B Omojola who received the Vice Chancellor in the company of other staff, expressed his excitement at the development and commissioning of the Pig Farrowing Pen & Weaver Grower Units for the teaching and research farm(1 &2). According to Prof Omojola, the project is a veritable source of Internally Generated Income for the University, given the experts and facilities on ground. In his remark, the Vice Chancellor indicated his utmost delight and pleasure at the projects commissioned, reiterating the commitment of the management at ensuring enabling environment for students to learn and be able to express themselves to their maximum capacity. With the Vice Chancellor at the occasions were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof Kayode Adebowale, the Librarian, Dr. Helen Komolafe-Opadeji, Member, UI governing council, Mr C.T.A Semowo and other stakeholders of the University.