A four-man inspection team from National Universities Commission (NUC) recently paid a working visit to the Federal University Oye-Ekiti. The team was at the University for Resource Verification Exercise. According to leader of the team, Mrs. Zainab Sani, the visit was to “find out if FUOYE has adequate man power and physical facilities to take up the programmes they (FUOYE) have applied for”. 

Receiving the team in his office, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, explained that the University Senate had, at his behest, applied to the NUC for the creation of three departments out of the existing Biotechnology Department. This was necessitated by the fact that Biotechnology was an “omnibus of many departments that could stand on their own. As such, a graduate of Biotechnology would be a jack of all trade….”, the Vice Chancellor quipped.

Conducting the team round science laboratories, library and other facilities in the university, the Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Sylvia Uzochukwu told the visiting team and journalists that the resource verification exercise was for the creation of three departments in the Biological Sciences which include the departments of Biochemistry, Plant Science and Biotechnology, and Animal and Environmental Biology.

At the University Library, the Librarian, Mr. Michael O. Afolabi assured the team that the university will continue to improve on quantity and quality of books stocked in the library. The library he said was barely three years old. He however revealed that efforts were being made to further improve the standard of the library by stocking more current and equally relevant academic materials. He mentioned the N14m library take off fund from the TETFUND as well as several book donations the university had received in the recent times as part of those drives. He further disclosed that TETFUND had allocated the sum of N60m for the further development of the library. Mr. Afolabi told the visitors that he was currently compiling a list of books on different courses to be submitted to TETFUND in this regard. According to him,” more than 5,000 titles will arise from this list”.Other members of the NUC team were Prof. Fred Opute from University of Benin, Prof. I. A. Onimawo from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma and Prof. Mukhtar Mohammad Dauda. On a parting note, Mrs. Zainab Sani head of the NUC team, disclosed that the second part of their visit would be on curriculum and staff verifications.

The verification was considered comprehensive and there are high hopes NUC will grant the reliefs sought by the university.