The Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Professor Timothy Abiodun Adebayo, has assured the University that he is resolute and committed to the payment of salaries and pensions. He assured that he would do his best to offset the arrears of pension contribution he inherited on assumption of office in October 2020, through the process he has started.
He gave the assurance to workers while fielding questions at the meeting of the Congregation of the University at the Olajire Olaniyan Auditorium. He reiterated his resolve to work with Management and staff of the University to improve on infrastructure and welfare.
At the meeting, he formally introduced the Registrar, Dr. J. E.T. Babatola Ph.D, FcIA and Bursar, Mr. Ayodele John Olusanwo FCA, both of whom assumed duty on June 1st 2021. He said the essence of the meeting of the Congregation, which is gathering of all members of staff who possess a minimum of Bachelors degree from a recognized University, was to discuss issues of the state of University. He reported on the infrastructural development in the University, wherein he stated that a ‘welcome Centre’ is under construction beside the main gate. He noted that the centre would be useful for parents who come to see their children and wards instead of staying under the shades of trees, sun and the rain. It would also have an information desk where enquiries would be made about the University. He reported further that a 64-bed hostel is under construction near the Sports Arena and it would help alleviate accommodation problems for new students. He reported that the various construction work on the campus are accomplished through direct labour with University staff as supervisors of the projects.
On academic development, the Vice-Chancellor reported to the Congregation that the University admitted over 700 students in the 2020/2021 academic session, which exceeded the admission number for previous years and tops the record of admission in recent times. He was hopeful that admission incoming academic session would be higher because efforts would be made on admission drive while new academic programmes would be introduced. He assured that the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences would mount a new programme in the Department of Environmental Health Science to increase University programmes from currently 46 that are fully accredited by the National Universities Commission (N.U.C) He concluded his address by informing the Congregation that the 2nd Visitation Panel to the University would be inaugurated on June 28th, 2021, to examine the running of the institution from 2021 to 2020. He made it clear that a visitation Panel was not a probe panel or inquisitive platform that would entertain petition submission.
In the contributions to the meeting, the Registrar reported that the University currently has a staff strength of 473, including 17 professors and six Associate Professors. He assured staff that the APER exercise for the current year would be circulated as soon as the Establishment complete the processes.