At the unveiling of the UI@75 billboard, Engr Makinde, who is also a UI@75 Ambassador Extraordinaire, stated that UI used to be the intellectual capital of the continent and ideas incubated in UI were taken far and wide.
He commended the various administrations of the university for having sustained the beauty of the university campus but charged all stakeholders to ensure that UI regains its status of being the intellectual capital of the continent.
The Executive Governor said Oyo State is currently benefitting from the ideas incubated in UI by bringing in eggheads from the University into his cabinet. He said he is immensely pleased with the performances of the UI people that he had so far worked with.
He assured that he would partner the University to regain its earlier glory.
Engr Makinde also promised that the major road in front of the University would be reconstructed and a pedestrian bridge built for the use of the members of the University community.
He warned that some inconveniences may be experienced but assured that the work will be completed within a very short time saying that the outcome will certainly be worthwhile.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode O. Adebowale, mni, FAS while welcoming guests to the ceremony said the University had gained a lot of mileage in research, innovation, and national development.
He said UI had impacted its immediate community and put Nigeria’s name on the academic map of the world adding that in all of the 75 years of its existence, the pursuit of excellence had been the watchwords of the University.
Professor Adebowale thanked the Governor for having been a true partner in progress of the University of Ibadan through his positive disposition and significant benefactions.
The University of Ibadan started as a College of the University of London in 1948 with 104 students offering courses in three faculties. Today, the University has 18 Faculties, many centres and units, an exemplary Postgraduate College and a College of Medicine adjudged to be the best in West Africa.
The students’ population has grown to over 40,000 male and female students spread across the many disciplines now offered at the university.
A lot of activities have been lined up for the year- long celebrations which would end on November 17, 2024.
There would be a Lecture Series, fund raising as well as other notable activities.
Meanwhile, the first in the Series of lectures is to be delivered by His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, mni, FNSE, the Executive Governor of Borno State on Monday 13 November, 2023 at 4.00 p.m. in Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan.