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Professor Kayode Soremekun assumed duty in February 2016 as vice chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Ekiti State. Two years into his stewardship, he discusses some of his achievements and other educational issues with KEHINDE ADIO. Excerpts

 

After two years in office as vice chancellor of the Federal University Oye Ekiti, can you share with us some of your major achievements?

 

In the area of academic attainment, we have in the last two years expanded our programme from 22 to 49 while our faculties have been increased from four to seven. For a young university, we now have a Postgraduate School. We are currently cultivating the international academic community. We have increased our admission capacity from 3,000 to 12,000. This is an exponential growth. The implication of this is that we are helping the indigents and children of the peasants whose parents lack the financial wherewithal to send them to private universities. We equally now have pre-degree and JUPEB programmes; and we have in the pipeline programmes like the Faculty of Law, Pharmacy and Basic Medical School.

 

It will interest you to know that most of our programmes have full accreditation status, and recently we presented 22 programmes for accreditation and 18 were approved. In the area of infrastructure development, most of the uncompleted facilities we met on ground are now completed. Also, the Engineering block at Ikole-Ekiti campus and the 150-capacity lecture theatre at the Oye-Ekiti campus have been completed. The main library is completed and ready for occupation. We have also built a 500-capacity lecture theatre for the Faculty of Science. The most fascinating of it all is that the significant parts of these structures and facilities were carried out on the platform of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

 

Funding has been the major challenge of most universities in Nigeria. How is FUOYE faring in this regard?

Inasmuch as the challenge of finance has become a general problem to most universities, we at FUOYE are surmounting that challenge. I told you earlier that most of our projects are funded through Internally Generated Revenue. For example, we have an Entrepreneurial Centre headed by Dr. Abimbola. He came with a robust experience from the Covenant University. These entrepreneurial skills have placed our students in good stead to fend for themselves. We are also getting support from the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund).

 

However, we cannot wish away funding as the oxygen of education. We are contending with the fact that government in view of her numerous commitments is not doing enough for FUOYE. FUOYE should have a special status, especially with the fact that we are running two campuses with capital-intensive courses like Engineering. We are contending with the issue of buying equipment, the rigour of accreditation with the Council of Registered Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) and the National Universities Commission (NUC). All these are some of our major challenges.

 

Private universities are springing up in Nigeria fairly regularly. Is this healthy for the country’s educational advancement?

 

The first thing to look at is access to these universities as many as you claim they are. Despite the springing up of many universities, not many candidates are getting admission. Where there is demand for university education, the effective demands are there, hence, private universities are contending with low patronage. The naive proprietors soon realize that the prospect of financial accumulation is not there. At the state level, most of the universities are pale. They can neither pay their staff salaries nor meet other financial obligations. As for the federal universities, what appears to be going for them is that they are affordable and in a way provide some form of quality education.

 

We should all ask ourselves a fundamental question: is any meaningful research going on in these universities? I am seeing an ominous dimension. South African universities have become a kind of playground for post-doctoral studies for young Ph.D holders from Nigeria. The question is why is the reverse not happening in Nigeria? There is an ironic dimension to this development. Even under the hated apartheid system, the bourgeoisie still put money in the academic system. The Nigeria ruling class was only ready to lampoon the apartheid system. The truth must be told, despite its obnoxious (apartheid) system, the bourgeoisie put in place world class system. This might well explain the fact that in the post-apartheid era, Nobel prizes were awarded to South African writers. It is, therefore, time for Nigeria to fund education properly.

 

In the area of academic attainment, we have in the last two years expanded our programme from 22 to 49 while our faculties have been increased from four to seven. For a young university, we now have a Postgraduate School. We are currently cultivating the international academic community. We have increased our admission capacity from 3,000 to 12,000. This is an exponential growth. The implication of this is that we are helping the indigents and children of the peasants whose parents lack the financial wherewithal to send them to private universities. We equally now have pre-degree and JUPEB programmes; and we have in the pipeline programmes like the Faculty of Law, Pharmacy and Basic Medical School.

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The Federal University Oye-Ekiti has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) Osodi/Lagos.

The MOU was to create collaborative effects in the area of research and development using local raw materials. Speaking at the event ,the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun said the doors of his administration where widely opened for  such positive collaboration assuring that he would provide all needed support for the engagement to succeed.

In her remarks the Director general of FIIRO, Professor(Mrs)Gloria Elemo said her Institute has confidence in FUOYE in view of the strides recorded by the Soremekun administration and assured that FIIRO will fulfill its own part of the bargain. Also speaking, Dean Faculty of Science, FUOYE, Professor Olayide Lawal said the decision to sought collaboration could not have come at a better time in view of the quest for research and Innovation in the faculty.

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the leaderships of the two Institutions was a prelude to a public lecture with the theme;’ ”Fostering Collaboration between Research Institutes and Universities toward Commercializing Research Products which was delived by the Director general of FIIRO, Professor Gloria Elemo, at the faculty of science Auditorium.

The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye – Ekiti, Professor Kayode Soremekun has said his administration has recorded strides in spite of the paucity of Funds confronting the institution. Professor Soremekun dropped the hint while playing host to the House of Representatives Committee on Education in his office.

According to the Vice Chancellor, out of the One Hundred Million Naira approved as recurrent expenditure in the 2017 budget so far only Ten Million Naira has been released to FUOYE. In spite of this, Professor Soremekun said his administration has not rested on its oars to sustain the seven faculties and Forty Nine academic programmes in the institution adding that more faculties will soon come on board. The academic luminary said he was aware of all the efforts the Federal Government was making to ensure the growth of the education sector and would continue to key into all government Programmes towards quality education in the Country.

In his remark the House Committee Chairman on Tertiary Education, Hon. Aminu Suleiman said they were in FUOYE as part of the oversight function of the House. He said the visit was to rob minds with management so as to establish their success stories, prospects and challenges. He expressed the willingness of the Committee to assist the institution in its quest for rapid development through the formulation of Laws that are education friendly.

 

On a general note, the visiting members expressed delight with what they saw in FUOYE whom they acknowledged was already above its peers in many spheres.

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The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University  Oye Ekiti, Professor Kayode Soremekun has reiterated the desire of his administration was determined to achieve nothing , but for the institution against all odds. The academic luminary dropped the hint while playing host to a team who visited the institution for the accreditation of various academic programmes.

Professor Soremekun also told his guests that the university currently ranks fourteenth {14th} among all the Universities in the country (according to the National Universities Commission ranking. He added efforts were been intensified for the institution to go above the current ranking, while applauding his Management team, staff and students for the feat so far attained.

The Vice Chancellor equally admonished the accreditation team to be objective while assuring them that he was fully prepared to make corrections where necessary. He further said the doors of his administration where widely opened to all ideas that will further move the institution forward.

Federal University Oye-Ekiti has seven (7) faculties with forty-nine (49) academic programmes while plans have been concluded for the commencement of a post graduate school haven graduated three sets of its students.

 

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The following candidates have been offered admissions by Transfer.

1. EGBA Providence Zimako JAMB no 35981199EA, Mechtronics
2. SUNBARE-FUNTO Olutimehin Flourish 66392520AJ, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
3. OLAIYA Olufemi David 35528175EF Business Administration
4. BENSON Nelson Ayomide 56204720GH Economics
5. OMATEDIOR Sonia Ivie 65150936FI Political Science

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