The Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor Chris Bolu, has hinted that Federal University Oye-Ekiti is in a hurry to become the best university in the world. Professor Bolu made this assertion while representing the Vice Chancellor in a media chat Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, in company of FUOYE News Bulletin crew at Ikole. He commended the Federal Government for providing funds for the construction of the different edifices that dot the entire landscape of the university today.

The Dean disclosed that as at the moment, the university at three years, has faculty buildings, administrative complexes, ICT complexes in the two campuses and an Engineering workshop under construction, not to mention the Faculty of Agricultures large farm and Engineering workshop. He disclosed that the university was building (in both campuses) state-of-the-art hostels complete with swimming pool and other recreational facilities. This according to him will be the first of its kind in this part of the world.

Celebrating the achievements of the university in such a short period of its existence, Professor Bolu recollected that the young university has recently been ranked 16th among all Nigerian universities in the 2015 Webometrics ranking and 24 by the Nigerian Universities Commission.

He however noted that though the Federal Government has provided funds for the university, this has not been enough. He likened the Government to a mother with 12 children and with limited resources to cater for their needs.

Speaking further, Professor Bolu said that the university has made tremendous positive impact on its two host communities in economic, social and even religious spheres. According to him, the influx of both staff and students into the towns has created a big market for them and has thereby increased their earnings; social life has improved with stepped up social activities, while churches have also recorded increase in membership and takings.

He asserted that the cordial relationship between the university and its host communities has resulted in goodwill gestures such as the donation of a 3 5OKVA power generating set worth 10 million naira to the university by the people of Ikole kingdom. According to him, every adult, including petty traders, contributed to the donation as show of benevolence. On its part, the university has always directed its research endeavours to the host communities especially in the area of providing them with improved varieties of crops.