The Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District in the 10th Assembly, Senator Dr. Yunus A. Akintunde could not hide his elation as he was decorated as a UI@75 Ambassador in Abuja.
His investiture and decoration were done alongside that of the Senate President, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON.
Senator Akintunde said he had always been very passionate about the University of Ibadan, from where he obtained a Master’s degree as well as a Ph. D in Energy and Environmental Studies, the first to be obtained in a Nigerian University.
He said he had tried to give back to the University of Ibadan because of the huge pride he has in the University. He recalled that he taught Climate Change Economics for two semesters pro bono, a few years ago.
He disclosed that he was encouraged to study at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy, Economics and Law and was the pioneer president of the students association of the Department.
Dr Akintunde assured that he would always contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of the University of Ibadan.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kayode O. Adebowale, mni, FAS, had earlier stated that Senator Akintunde was one of the graduates of the University of Ibadan whose trajectory had been considered worthy to be recognised.
The Chairman of the UI@75 Anniversary Committee, Professor Peter O. Olapegba, had earlier reiterated the expectations of the University from its Ambassadors and Ambassadors Extraordinaire.
He said the University is seeking funds to upgrade its Endowment Fund, convert its research into innovation and subsequently national development, ensure the smartness of its facilities, and provide affordable clean energy to meet its needs and that of nearby communities. The University also seeks funds to provide scholarships for excellent as well as indigent students and also to ensure staff training and mobility.
The target of the University is to raise $200 million.
Professor Olapegba said the University expects its Ambassadors and Ambassadors Extraordinaire to leverage their contacts to help raise funds for the University.