The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has acceded to the request of the National Universities’ Commission (NUC) that it nurtures and mentors Kings University, a faith-based institution located at Ode-Omu, owned by the United Kingdom-based Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) founded by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, an illustrious son of the ancient town.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede gave an indication of the university authorities’ consent to increase the list of universities it is providing guidance for, with the coming on board of Kings University, while hosting a delegation from the newly assigned institution, led by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Diran Famurewa.
Professor Ogunbodede, having welcomed the visitors to his office assured them of OAU’s readiness to help Kings University like all other universities attached to OAU, attain reputable status in the comity of world renowned universities, adding that both institutions will have to jointly determine the areas of immediate attention and action.
He disclosed that OAU will do all that is necessary within the ambit of available resources to impact Kings University such that the benefits of the relationship will be crystal clear, even as he challenged the leadership of the “mentee-varsity” to work assiduously at making the relationship mutually beneficial.
The Vice-Chancellor while commenting on the list of things the NUC has requested OAU to help Kings University address ahead of its Resources Verification visit to the institution, hinted that efforts will be made to meet the deadline; but Kings University’s management could contact NUC to reschedule the visit in the event that meeting the deadline is impossible.
Speaking, Kings University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Famurewa, expressed elation and optimism at the prospects of the mentorship of the Obafemi Awolowo University, saying that his university is indeed fortunate to have been assigned to OAU.
He however added that Kings University has no doubts about OAU’s ability to provide the much needed guidance and platform for excellence in teaching and research, even now that the University is preparing to graduate its first set of students next year.
Professor Famurewa told his host that his University will consider the suggestions of Professor Ogunbodede on the first approaching NUC’s Resource Verification visit, which were similarly shared by both Mr. Awa Arua, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Education on OAU’s Governing council, and Professor Simeon Bamire, OAU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in their separate remarks during the brief reception at the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
Other principal officers of the University, who were on hand to receive the Kings University’s team included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Chris Ajila; the Registrar, Mrs. Margaret Omosule; the University Librarian, Dr. Femi Oguntuase; and the Bursar, Mr. Samson Ayansina.
Kings University’s delegation also had the Registrar, Mrs. Dorothy Salami; the Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance; Deans of the Faculties of Science; Humanities, Management and Social Science; Professors Malomo; Kuku; and Adigun respectively, as well as the Corporate Affairs Officer, Mr. Adeosun Yinka.