ABEOCCIMA SEEKS ENHANCED TOWN/GOWN RELATIONSHIP IN RESEARCH FOR GREATER SOCIETAL IMPACT
A Team from the Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA) came calling on the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof A. B. Ekanola recently, seeking a more vibrant collaboration between the University and the Industry, in order to maximise research potentials, translating it into meeting specific needs in the society for greater impact.
According to the President of the Chambers, Sir Jare Oyesola, who led the Team on the courtesy visit, the visit was part of their strategies to forge collaborations with tertiary institutions in the South West for the purpose of accessing abounding researches and technologies to drive economic development in the region.
Acknowledging that the University is a place for innovation and problem solving, Sir Oyesola stressed the need for a more vibrant Town/Gown relationship, stating that it would not only improve the Nation’s economy, but would also be mutually beneficial to both tertiary institutions and industries, helping them to thrive better. He affirmed the readiness of his chambers to partner/collaborate with the University in making this a reality.
He highlighted various areas in which the collaboration to include development of cheaper and climate friendly machineries and technological innovations especially in the agricultural sector among others. Others who spoke also corroborated the willingness and need for the partnership between the two parties.
The Acting Vice Chancellor, in his response, expressed great excitement and enthusiasm at the development, especially with the initiative coming from the Industry, stating that it was a challenge to the University. He stated that the University is ever ready and willing to partner with the Chambers, seeing that it would be of great benefit to the society at large. This he says, aligns with the vision of the University “To be a world-class institution for academic excellence, geared towards meeting societal needs”.
Prof. Ekanola noted that the collaboration would impact our National economy positively, and therefore advocated for its immediate start off to the delight of all present.
Also on the visit with the President of ABEOCCIMA were the President of the Egba Economic Summit, and a former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, Allhaji Taofeek Lawal, Prince Abiodun Karunwi, Mr. Ola Sobande, Dr Sunday Oke, Asiwaju Dapo Wahab and Mr Solomon Enilolobo. Others include Dr Oyesola Adedamilola, Alh. Abdurahman Maku, Mr Ogundeyi Olaolu, Dr Olalekan Odunsi and Mr Oyede Samuel Adebisi.
Receiving the guests with the Acting VC were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin) Prof Kayode Adebowale, the Registrar, ably represented by the Deputy Registrar (Students) Mr T.I. Musa, The Dean, Faculty of Economics and Management Studies, Prof. O.O. Aregbeyen, Dean, Faculty of Technology, Prof. O.A. Fakolujo and Dean of Students Prof. Adekeye Abiona. Others include the Director, UI School of Business, Prof. A.O. Adewuyi, Director, Directorate of Public Communication, Mr O.M. Oladejo and Deputy Registrar (VC’s Office), Mr Oluwole Dada.