Ahead of the planned movement of the entire Faculty of Science from the Adankolo Campus to the University's Permanent Site, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi along with members of the Principal Officers Committee (POC) met with the Dean and Heads of the various Departments under the Faculty on Thursday, 6th October, 2022, to discuss the way forward towards a successful relocation among other important issues.
The meeting became imperative owing to the desire of the University Management, in its open-door and all-inclusive leadership, to intimate members of the Faculty on the situation of things in the University, as well as to brief them on the level of preparations put in place to ensure a hitch-free movement to their allocated blocks and office complex at the Main Campus of the University.
During the interaction, the Vice-Chancellor informed the academic staff of the various efforts his Administration has made so far to attract funds for the development of the University, particularly through TETFund, corporate organizations, and good-spirited individuals, et cetera, which are gradually yielding positive results.
Professor Akinwumi equally reiterated the urgent need for the only remaining Faculty left at the Adankolo Campus to relocate as this would pave the way for the College of Health Sciences to fully occupy and utilize the facilities at the mini Campus, adding that it would also prevent the newly renovated Faculty of Science buildings at the Permanent Site from further dilapidation if not occupied as soon as possible.
While thanking the Dean and HODs for honouring the invitation to the crucial meeting which he tagged "family meeting" despite the ongoing strike, the VC appealed that the available resources should be utilized judiciously for the planned movement, assuring that Management would not renege on its promise of providing all the necessary support to ease the movement and make the facilities habitable and conducive for teaching and learning.
In his response, the Dean of Science, Professor Benjamin Mopah Dauda lauded the University Management's efforts and determination aimed at transforming FUL despite the myriad of challenges and limited resources. The Dean also reported that already all the offices at the complex have been allocated to their respective departments and labelled accordingly. He assured Management of their readiness to commence movement as soon as the timetable for the exercise is released.
Following the fruitful deliberation, the Vice-Chancellor and his Management Team conducted members of the Faculty around the renovated complex including some ongoing notable projects which allayed their fears and further restored their confidence as they unanimously agreed to move at the end of the tour.
In attendance at the meeting were the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Professor Ozovehe Mike Ogirima mni; Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Gbenga Ibileye; Director, Academic Planning, Professor Hadi Suberu; while the Acting Director of Works, Engr. Olukayode Ojo and the TETFund Desk Officer (Projects), Mr. Atabo Benjamin Ocholi were assigned respective tasks to ensure the success of the movement.
Recall that in June 2021, the University Management under Professor Akinwumi's Administration gave a directive for the movement of all the Administrative Staff of the University to the Permanent Site, this was soon followed by the commencement of full academic activities in September same year with the relocation of Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Management Science, and Education, leaving only the Faculty of Science to remain at the Adankolo Campus (College of Health Sciences) until the needed laboratories at the Main Campus were put in place.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the movement to the Permanent Site has become very necessary in order to give room for rapid and all-round development of the eleven-year-old University.
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